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Species Idioglossa miraculosa - Hodges#1072

Hodges#1072 - Idioglossa miraculosa hammock on Chasmanthium latifolium - Idioglossa miraculosa Leigh Farm Park leaf web maker on Dichanthelium D473 2017 1 - Idioglossa miraculosa Idioglossa miraculosa Idioglossa miraculosa Roan Island leaf feeder on Commelina virginica D4030 2022 1 - Idioglossa miraculosa Roan Island leaf feeder on Commelina virginica D4030 2022 3 - Idioglossa miraculosa Tiny moth with fighter jet stance on underside of Walnut leaf - Idioglossa miraculosa
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Epimarptidae
Genus Idioglossa
Species miraculosa (Idioglossa miraculosa - Hodges#1072)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idioglossa miraculosa (Frey, 1878)
Phylogenetic sequence #030850
Explanation of Names
The genus name means "unique tongue," refering to the adult moth's long maxillary tufts
Adult: Yellow with metallic fasciae on the hind wings only (our only microlep species to feature this), and its very distinctive resting posture, in which the wings are held partially spread at a characteristic angle.
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
larva is a leaf skeletonizer of deer-tongue grass, Dichanthelium clandestinum, a plant found in low-lying deciduous forest
Life Cycle
There are two or three complete generations, with non-wintering larvae present from May through late August. The largest numbers of individuals occur in August
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Illustrated Guide to Microlepidoptera - detailed description and life cycle