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Species Eucalantica polita - Hodges#2350

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Yponomeutidae (Ermine Moths)
Subfamily Saridoscelinae
Genus Eucalantica
Species polita (Eucalantica polita - Hodges#2350)
Hodges Number
2350
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eucalantica polita (Walsingham, 1881)
Calantica polita Walsingham, 1881 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #360033
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is Latin meaning "polished" for the "shining white" forewings. (1)
Size
Forewing length 5.7-7.5 mm. (2)
Wingspan 15 mm. (1)
Identification
According to Sohn and Nishida (2011) (3) E. polita can be differentiated from the similar Euceratia castella in that, in E. polita, there is a dorsal patch on the forewing and no white annulations on the antenna (dorsal patch absent and antennal annulations present in E. castella). From the other North American species of the genus, Eucalantica vaquero, which was described by Sohn and Nishida (2011), E. polita is differentiated as follows: (1) Geographic range: E. vaquero known from New Mexico, Arizona, and the Mexican states of Durango and Veracruz, E. polita distributed along Pacific coast from British Columbia, Canada to California, USA; (2) External appearance: Forewing fringe pale grayish brown in terminal 25% in E. vaquero, forewing fringe pale grayish brown in terminal 50% in E. polita; (3) Male genitalia: Aedeagus with swelling at 3/5 length in E. vaquero, without swelling in E. polita; (4) Female genitalia: Signum present in E. vaquero, absent in E. polita.
Range
Along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to central California and Santa Cruz Island. (2)
Food
E. polita has been reared from spp. of Vaccinium (Ericaceae). (3), (2)
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler. 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl.11.19; p.108. (2)
Walsingham, T. de Grey. 1881. On some North-American Tineidae. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1881: 302; Pl.35, f.2. (1)
Works Cited
1.On some North-American Tineidae.
Lord Walsingham. 1881. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1881: 301-324, Pl.35,36.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.A taxonomic review of Eucalantica Busck (Lepidoptera, Yponomeutidae) with descriptions of six new species
Jae-Cheon Sohn, Kenji Nishida. 2011. ZooKeys 118: 75–96.