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Species Aetole tripunctella - Hodges#2505

Micro Moth - Aetole tripunctella Aetole sp.? - Aetole tripunctella Crusader moth - Aetole tripunctella Mine on Mirabilis jalapa - Bucculatrix? - Aetole tripunctella Small orange black insect with thorned arms. - Aetole tripunctella Unusual Lepidopteran - Aetole tripunctella Unusual Lepidopteran - Aetole tripunctella Micromoth with spiky legs - Aetole tripunctella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Heliodinidae (Sun Moths)
Genus Aetole
Species tripunctella (Aetole tripunctella - Hodges#2505)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Brilliant Sunspur (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aetole tripunctella (Walsingham)
Orig. Comb: Heliodines tripunctella Walsingham 1892
Syn: Heliodines perichalca Meyrick, 1912 (2)
forewing length 3.8 - 5 mm (2)
Adults - metallic chrome orange edged by elongate metallic gray tinged with blue, outer margin extending inward over half of dorsum and 1/3 of costa; three costal and one dorsal metallic gray spots tinged with blue. Spots rectangular, edged laterally in black. Outer margin also edged in metallic black. Fringe metallic gray (2)
mostly Great Plains to Front Range - Map - MPG
mostly May-Sept (3) - MPG
Life Cycle
larva is a leaf miner of heartleaf four o'clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea, Nyctaginaceae) (2)
Type Locality: Bosque County, Texas; Type collected by Belfrage
Print References
Hsu, Y.-F., and J.A. Powell. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships within Heliodinidae and systematics of moths formerly assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea). University of California Publications in Entomology 124: 1-158 + Figs. 26-220. Limited Preview
Internet References
Works Cited
2.Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae
3.Illustrated Checklist of Lepidoptera from the Texas Hill Country and Adjacent Areas, Pub. 8
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2001. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. 37 pp., 10 color plates.