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Species Psilocorsis reflexella - Dotted Leaftier - Hodges#0957

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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
No Taxon (Incertae sedis)
Genus Psilocorsis
Species reflexella (Dotted Leaftier - Hodges#0957)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psilocorsis reflexella Clemens, 1860
* phylogenetic sequence #027525
Wingspan 16-25 mm. (1)
TL ≈ 7-12mm (2)
Adult - FW light brown, brindled with thin brown lines. Black discal spot marks median area. (2)


Southeast Canada and east United States. (2)
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Larvae feed on oak species, skeletonizing the leaves of their host plant. Covell (1984) also lists aspen, basswood, beech, birch, hickory and maple. (1)
Life Cycle
Overwinters in the pupal stage in leaf litter.
This is a large species complex, with barcoded specimens currently placed in 13 BINs:

BOLD:AAA6614 (NS-MB-OK-TN, 160 specimens)
BOLD:AAW5755 (QC, ON, KY, 40 specimens)
BOLD:ABZ3332 (IL, KY, TN, 5 specimens)
BOLD:ABZ3650 (NS, QC, TN, 39 specimens)
BOLD:ABZ3656 (NS-MB-OK-FL, 35 specimens)
BOLD:ACE4442 (TN, 4 specimens)
BOLD:ACH3144 (KY, 4 specimens)
BOLD:ACE8592 (ON, VA, TN, 23 specimens)
BOLD:ACH3542 (ON, 1 specimen)
BOLD:ADH9525 (ON, 3 specimens)
BOLD:ADI0112 (ON, 1 specimen)
BOLD:ADO4354 (VA, 2 specimens)
BOLD:AAH2846 (TN, VA, 3 specimens)
Print References
Clemens, B., 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology - no.4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 1860: 213
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
BAMONA – images of live adult
Discover Life – species page
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.