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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Symmocinae

Autostichidae: Gerdana caritella - Gerdana caritella Moth - Gerdana caritella Taygete attributella? - Taygete moth - Taygete attributella 1845 - Taygete gallaegenitella Taygete Moth - Hodges #1845 - Taygete gallaegenitella Gelechiid ex cynipid galls - Taygete sylvicolella Gelechioidea ? - Gerdana caritella
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Classification
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Symmocinae Gozmány, 1957
Numbers
10 species in 5 genera in our area (1).
Identification
"Defined by forewing with CuP absent (parallelism with other Gelechioidea), female with retinaculum consisting of a series of anteriorly directed scales between CuA and R (parallelism with other Gelechioidea), second abdominal sternum with venula, venula + apodeme, orapodeme (polymorphy), forewing with R5 terminating on outer margin or on costa (polymorphy). Gnathos a slender band fused to tegumen, forming non-articulated mesial hook, abdominal terga II–VII crossed by bands" (2).
Works Cited
1.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016. ResearchGate.net.
2.A review of Symmocinae (Lepidoptera: Autostichidae) in North America with the description of a new species and new genus
Sangmi Lee, Richard L. Brown. 2010. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 64(4): 177–187.