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Species Aterpia approximana - Sparkling Aterpia - Hodges#2748

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Classification
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 Aterpia
Species approximana (Sparkling Aterpia - Hodges#2748)
Hodges Number
2748
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aterpia approximana (Heinrich, 1919)
Esia approximana (Heinrich, 1919) (1)
Olethreutes approximana Heinrich, 1919
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin approximans meaning "approaching" as it "resembles very strikingly O. cyanana Murtfeldt."
Numbers
Aterpia approximana is the only species in this genus found in North America.
Size
Heinrich (1919) and Heinrich (1926)(1) listed the wingspan 12-13 mm.
Identification
Heinrich (1919) original description as Olethreutes approximana, and Heinrich (1926)(1) revised description as Esia approximana are online and linked in the print references.
Forewing black, liberally sprinkled with bright blue spots and blotches.
Range
Holotype male from USA, New York, Rensselaer (Dr. E.P. Felt).
Habitat
Wet prairie, damp flood plains.
Season
There are records from April to October with the main flight period June to August. (2)
Food
The larvae feed on leaves of fringed loosestrife L. (Lysimachia ciliata) and perhaps other Lysimachia species.
See Also
Hedya cyanana (Murtfeldt, 1880)
Print References
Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States. Ohio Biological Survey: 51.23. (3)
Heinrich, C., 1919. A new Olethreulid from New York (Lepidoptera). Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus 7: 65.
Heinrich, C., 1926. Revision of the North American moths of the subfamily Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 132: 109; fig. 414. (1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States, An Identification Guide
Gilligan, Todd M., Donald J. Wright, and Loran D. Gibson. 2008. Ohio Biological Survey, P.O. Box 21370, Columbus, Ohio 43221-0370.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
5.Butterflies of North America