Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gerdana caritella Busck, 1908
Meyrick, 1927 (356
8 to 9 mm long. Wingspan 13-14 mm. (1)
Syn. Mnesistega telemacha
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.
Fungus-like Witches’-broom, mistletoe, bird nest debris, and fungus on spruce (Picea).
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.
Busck, A. 1909 : 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)
Meyrick, E. 1923. Exotic Microlepidoptera, 3: 356 (3)