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Species Olethreutes astrologana - The Astronomer - Hodges#2837

The Astronomer Moth - Olethreutes astrologana Tortricidae specimen 18420 - Olethreutes astrologana 2837 The Astronomer - Olethreutes astrologana Olethreutes astrologana Striking moth - Olethreutes astrologana 2837 The Astronomer Moth (Olethreutes astrologana) - Olethreutes astrologana Olethreutes astrologana - female Olethreutes astrologana
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Olethreutini
Genus Olethreutes
Species astrologana (The Astronomer - Hodges#2837)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Olethreutes astrologana (Zeller, 1875)
Sericoris astrologana Zeller, 1875 (1)
Argyroploce astrologana
Olethreutes coronana Kearfott, 1907 (2), (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #620602
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in Latin means "astrology," but the common name fixes that!
Wingspan 14-19 mm. (3)
Olethreutes coruscana and Olethreutes ferrolineana - See Print References below. Forbes mentions in reference to Olethreutes coruscana, "Blue dots on basal part of wing evenly scattered; on apical part arranged in three oblique series, which indicate the outer side of the median fascia, and the edges of the subterminal fascia of coruscana, but with these fasciae no darker than the ground." - At that time, coruscana and ferrolineana were considered to be synonyms.

Adult - see Heinrich (1926) description (174). (3)
Records from eastern Oklahoma and North Carolina, north to Illinois and Maine and adjacent Canada. (4) Heinrich (1926) adds Iowa, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico and British Columbia to Ontario. (3)
One of several Nearctic Olethreutes s. l. species with iridescent spots on the forewings:

      [missing]                     [missing]                     [missing]                    

astrologana                  coruscana                    ferrolineana                 metallica                      nordeggana                 sordidana                     galaxana

siderana                      concretana                   auricapitana                 nr. auricapitana            albiciliana                    agilana
Print References
Forbes, W.T.M., 1920. The Lepidopteras of New York and neighboring states, primitive forms Microlepidoptera, Pyraloids, Bombyces. 454.
Zeller, P.C. 1875. Beiträge zur kenntniss nordamericanischen nachtfalter, besponders der microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 25: 281. (1)
Works Cited
1.Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren, vol. 3.
Phillip Christoph Zeller. 1875. Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 25: 207-360.
2.New North American Tortricidae.
William Dunham Kearfott. 1907. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 1-97.
3.Revision of the North American moths of the subfamilies Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae
Carl Heinrich. 1926. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 132: 1-216.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group