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Species Ethmia macelhosiella - Hodges#0982

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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Ethmiinae
Genus Ethmia
Species macelhosiella (Ethmia macelhosiella - Hodges#0982)
Hodges Number
0982
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ethmia macelhosiella Busck, 1907 (1)
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Henry A. McElhose (1867-1946) of St. Louis "who sent me this and other interesting microlepidoptera." (1)
Numbers
There are 53 named species of Ethmia in America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
Forewing length:(3)
♂ 12.3-12.7 mm.
♀ 10.7 mm.
Identification
Narrow gray forewings having a wide irregular black streak from base to apex. Hindwing is pale brown to dirty white. (3)
Range
Texas to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection dates.
Type locality: St. Louis, MO (H.A. McElhose).
Season
Most records of adults are from May and October to November. (2)
Food
Larval host is Phacelia Juss. sp. (3), (4)
Life Cycle
The larvae bore about .25" into the bark to pupate. (3)
Print References
Busck, A. 1907. New American Tineina. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 8: 93. (1)
Busck, A., & C. Heinrich 1922. Life history of Ethmia macelhosiella Busck. (Lep.) (4)
Works Cited
1.New American Tineina
August Busck. 1907. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 8: 86-99.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.A systematic monograph of New World ethmiid moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea).
Jerry A. Powell. 1973. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 120: 1-312.
4.Life history of Ethmia macelhosiella (Busck) Lep.
August Busck, Carl Heinrich. 1922. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 24:1-9.