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Species Hellinsia kellicottii - Goldenrod Plume Moth - Hodges#6212

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae (Five-lobed Plume Moths)
Tribe Oidaematophorini
Genus Hellinsia
Species kellicottii (Goldenrod Plume Moth - Hodges#6212)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Fish 1881
Lioptilus kellicottii, Alucita kellicottii, Pterophorus chlorias, Pterophorus kellicotti, Oidaematophorus kellicottii
Explanation of Names
Author: Fish, 1881
Wingspan 28 to 30 mm. wingspan; 12 to 14 mm long
Wings: Pale yellowish-brown; very few darker brownish scales near wing tips. Tips pointed. Larger dark brown dot at cleft or split in wings, and another very tiny one at tip end. Two very tiny brown spots on outer (costal) edge near wing tip – barely visible. Inner wing margin dark. Fringe white. Hindwings brown, silky. Fringes darker.
Legs: Fore and middle legs brownish yellow, darker on underside of front & middle legs.
Abdomen: Yellowish-tan. Slightly darker, but faint line down middle, may also have faint dots. Side edges have a darker line, broken at all segment lower margins.
eastern half of U.S. and Ontario.
Forest edges, meadows.
May to July in the north; all season in the south.
Goldenrod Solidago
Life Cycle
Larvae bore in stems, branches and roots. 12 to 14 mm long. Light yellow with pink streaks down length. Streaks turn brownish when mature. Segment 8 pink on margin. Very few hairs on body. Tip black with ring of long brown hairs, and two hooks in the middle of ring. Larvae plug entrance hole in stem when ready to pupate. Pupa white, spined; top (head) dark. Overwintering larva move to base of plant and bore into main stalk, then down to roots.
Lectotype as Lioptilus kellicottii male by Fish, 1881. Type Locality: New York. In the United States National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. No abdomen. Female paralectotype also in museum.
Holotype as Pterophorus chlorias by Meyrick, 1907. Type Locality: Colorado. In the British Museum of Natural History, London, England.
Print References
The Canadian Entomologist, 1880, Vol. 12 by Kellicott, pp. 106 to 107.
The Canadian Entomologist, 1881, Vol. 13 by Fish, pg. 141.
Pterophoridae of North America, 1898 by Fernald, pp. 49-50.
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1907 by Meyrick, pg. 497.
Contributions to the Natural History of Lepidoptera of North America, 1917, Vol. 4 by Barnes & McDunnough, pp. 427-428.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68 by Forbes, pg. 650.
The Lepidopterists’ Society, 1972, Vol. 26 #1 by Cashatt, pp. 7 to 9.
Internet References