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Species Decantha boreasella - Reticulated Decantha Moth - Hodges#1042

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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 Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)
Subfamily Oecophorinae
Tribe Oecophorini
Genus Decantha
Species boreasella (Reticulated Decantha Moth - Hodges#1042)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Decantha boreasella (Chambers, 1873)
Oecophora boreasella Chambers, 1873
Borkhausenia boreasella
Oecophora borkhausenii of authors not Zeller, 1839
* phylogenetic sequence #420037
Explanation of Names
Decantha borkhausenii (Zeller, 1839) is a European species formerly treated as a senior synonym of Decantha boreasella by Busck (1904), Dyar (1904), Forbes (1923) and others.
4-5 mm (1)
Head: Dark brown, face smooth; two tufts on top of head. Palpi reddish-brown, curved up over head, underside scaled, last segment brown and white.
Antenna: Brown with white rings.
Thorax: Golden yellow, slightly scaled. Sides brown, collar has line of brown.
Wings: Dark brown background, with 4 large golden patches outlined with white on each side and connecting to lower center patch. Fringe long, golden yellow. Hindwings brown. Fringe yellowish-brown.
Legs: Dark brown with white tips on each segment.
Abdomen: Grayish-brown.
Only found east of the Rockies
MA south to FL and west to AR (1)
Lectotype as Oecophora boreasella male by Chambers, 1873. #189; MCZ#1553. Locality: Kentucky. In Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Mass. Lectotype designated by Hodges in 1974. (1)
Forests, preferring pine.
May to August, earlier in the south.
Larvae possibly feed on fungus in dead wood. (2)
Life Cycle
Caterpillar translucent white, with yellow-brown head and cervical shield. Found under pine bark.
Decantha boreasella may turn out to be a complex of more than one species. There are currently three BINs at BOLD with specimens identified as boreasella, BOLD:AAB6765, BOLD:ADH4810 and BOLD:AAB6766 and they are each other's nearest neighbors. All are from east from TX and OK and east. - Steve Nanz, 12/26/2018
See Also
Decantha stecia is smaller, wing length 3-3.5mm. (No other member of the genus are found east of the Rockies.) (1)
Epicallima argenticinctella has no brown. It is entirely orange and yellow.
Print References
Chambers, V.T. 1873. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist 5(10): 189-190
Clarke, J.F.G. 1941. Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 90(3107): 242-243 (3)
Forbes, 1923, 179 & 248 (4)
Hodges, R.W. 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2: 104, pl.7.2-4 (1)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 6.2 Gelechioidea, Oecophoridae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1974. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc.
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
3.Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species
J. F. Gates Clarke. 1941. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 90(3107): 33-286.
4.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems