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Species Cosmopterix molybdina - Hodges#1471

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Cosmopteriginae
Genus Cosmopterix
Species molybdina (Cosmopterix molybdina - Hodges#1471)
Hodges Number
1471
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cosmopterix molybdina Hodges, 1962
Size
FWL: 4.0-4.4 mm. (1)
Identification
C. molybdina may be recognized by the shining lead-colored pro- and mesothorax above, by the fused and shining lead-colored basal lines on the forewing, and by the distal part of the antenna having the color combination of four white segments preceded by five brown segments, four white segments, then brown segments. The transverse fascia on the forewing is yellow in eastern specimens and orange in western specimens and may be dusted with black scales (1)
Range
Hodges examined specimens from Maine, Oregon, and California (1).
Type-locality: Bar Harbor, Maine [CU] (1).
Food
The larva has been reared as a leaf miner on morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) (1).
Remarks
Hodges believed that the geographic distribution of this species suggests that it has been introduced into North America. (1)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 6.1, Gelechioidea, Antequerinae, Cosmopteriginae, Chrysopeleiinae.
Hodges, R. W. 1978. London: E. W. Classey Ltd. and The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 166 pp.