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Species Gerdana caritella - Hodges#1144

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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 Autostichidae
Subfamily Symmocinae
Genus Gerdana
Species caritella (Gerdana caritella - Hodges#1144)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gerdana caritella Busck, 1908
Mnesistega telemacha Meyrick, 1927 (356)
8 to 9 mm long. Wingspan 13-14 mm. (1) Syn. Mnesistega telemacha 17 mm.
Head: Straw to light yellow, head mostly smooth with a few scales on top. Palpi curved upward, but not reaching top of head; yellow, scaled on underside, some brown.
Antenna: About 2/3 of wing length. Yellow.
Thorax: Light brown-yellow, usually darker than head and wings.
Wings: Straw yellow with brownish marks. Brown patch at wing base across width. 2 brown dots at mid wing. Large dash in discal cell, with spot above on inner margin, sometimes connected. 2 rows of brown speckling at wing tip. Fringe light yellow. Hindwings yellowish-white to gray, fringe yellowish. Scales rub off easily, all marks may not be present.
Legs: Yellow, sprinkled with brown on top side.
Abdomen: Yellow, slightly flattened and spined.
U.S. except west coast; British Columbia and Ontario.
June to August
Fungus-like Witches’-broom, mistletoe, bird nest debris, and fungus on spruce (Picea).
Life Cycle
Larvae have been reared from Witches’-broom and from owl nests.
Holotype as Gerdana caritella by Busck. #11939. Locality: Unknown. In U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian.
Holotype as Mnesistega telemacha female by Meyrick. Locality: Toronto, Ontario. Museum unknown.
Print References
Busck, A. 1909 [1908]: 193-194 (1)
Clarke. J.F.G., 1942. Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 90: 272 (genus description and plates showing genitalia; only one species recognized)
Forbes, 1923: 234 (2)
Meyrick, E. 1923. Exotic Microlepidoptera, 3: 356 (3)
Works Cited
1. A generic revision of American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new species.
August Busck. 1908. Proceedings of the United States National Museum Vol. 35.
2.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
3.Exotic Microlepidoptera, volumes 1-5, 1912-1937. (1969 reprint)
J. F. Gates Clarke, Edward Meyrick, T. B. Bainbrigge-Fletcher, J. T. Janse. 1969. E. W. Classey Ltd.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems