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Species Dichomeris punctipennella - Many-spotted Dichomeris - Hodges#2288

Many-spotted Dichomeris Moth - Hodges #2288 - Dichomeris punctipennella moth - Dichomeris punctipennella Dichomeris - Dichomeris punctipennella Dichomeris punctipennella Dichomeris punctipennella Dichomeris punctipennella Pointy Dichomeris sp. - Dichomeris punctipennella Dichomeris punctipennella
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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Dichomeridinae
Genus Dichomeris
Species punctipennella (Many-spotted Dichomeris - Hodges#2288)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dichomeris punctipennella (Clemens, 1860)
Anorthosia punctipennella Clemens, 1860
Sagaritis gracilella Chambers, 1872 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #070350
TL ≈ 6-7mm (based on posted specimens)
Adult:  Labial palpi and head rather dark ochreous ● Antennae ochreous, annulated with dark brown ● FW rather dark ochreous, sometimes dusted with dark brownish, with three pairs of blackish brown dots along the fold, the first near the base of the wing, the second rather above the middle and the third near its end ● Costa, at the base, and beyond the middle is touched with blackish ● Outer margin dotted and dusted with dark brown ● Cilia ochreous. HW shining, blackish gray

Records from Maine to Florida, west to Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois. (2), (3), (4)
Print References
Clemens, B. 1860. Contributions to American Lepidopterology - No.4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 161
Hodges, R.W. 1986. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.1, p.53; pl.4.3-5
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico
Lee S., Hodges R.W., Brown R.L. 2009. Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.A List of the Lepidoptera of Maine. Part 2, The Microlepidoptera. Section 1 & 2
Auburn E. Brower. 1984. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 114: 1-70.
4.Check-list of the insects of Connecticut‎
Britton, W. E. 1920. 1920. Connecticut geological and natural history survey, Hartford.