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Species Pelochrista ridingsana - Snakeweed Borer - Hodges#3014

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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 Eucosmini
Genus Pelochrista
Species ridingsana (Snakeweed Borer - Hodges#3014)
Hodges Number
3014
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pelochrista ridingsana (Robinson, 1869) (1)
Conchylis ridingsana Robinson, 1869
Eucosma ridingsana (Robinson, 1869)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of collector James Ridings (1803-1880), founder of the Philadelphia Entomological Society and one of the first to collect in the Colorado Territory.
Size
Robinson (1869) listed a wingspan of 23 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 7.5-13 mm. (2)
Identification
Robinson (1869) original description as Conchylis ridingsana is online and linked in the print references.
Range
Found throughout most of the western two-thirds of North America. (3)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Types: Colorado Territory (James Ridings).
Season
The main flight period is May to October. (3)
Food
Larva bore into broom snakeweed, Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby. (4)
See Also
Eucosma fernaldana which is similar but has reddish ground color

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Compare to others on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States. Ohio Biological Survey: 103.135. (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 15, fig. 23-24; p. 134. (2)
Robinson, C.T., 1869. Notes on American Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomology Society 2: 285.
Works Cited
1.Revised world catalogue of Eucopina, Eucosma, Pelochrista, and Phaneta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini)
Todd M. Gilligan, Donald J. Wright. 2013. Zootaxa 3746(2): 301–337.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Larval host plant records of Asteraceae root-feeding Eucosmini in California and adjacent states (Tortricidae)
J. A. Powell, P. A. Opler . 2006. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 60(4): 189-193.
5.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.
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems