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Species Triclonella pergandeella - Hodges#1524

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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 Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Cosmopteriginae
Genus Triclonella
Species pergandeella (Triclonella pergandeella - Hodges#1524)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Triclonella pergandeella Busck, 1901
Explanation of Names
Busck (1901) named the species in honor of his friend and teacher Mr. Th. Pergande.
There are five species of the genus Triclonella in America north of Mexico. (1)
Busck (1901) reported the wingspan 14 mm. and the larvae to 12 mm.
Busck (1901) description, in full grown larvae the head is yellow with a black spot on top and one over each eye; body is black with sparse, short white hairs and various yellow spots and smaller dots, anterior black; earlier instars are more yellow and generally lighter colored.
Southeastern United States. (2)
Moth Photographers group displays a Arizona record? (2)
The main flight period is March to October.(2)
Leaf skeletonizer of:
• "common tick-trefoil, Meibomia (Desmodium) dillenii" (sometimes considered a variety of D. paniculatum) - Busck (1901).
Lespedeza, Clitoria - Hodges (1978).
Life Cycle
Busck (1901) reported the eggs laid singly on underside of host leaf. Larva ties two leaves together forming a shelter from which it feeds. Prepupating larvae tie a third leaf, enlarging the shelter. Overwinters as adult.
See Also
Triclonella xuthocelis here.
Other similarly marked yellow and brown moths include:
Print References
Busck, A. 1901. New American Tineina. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 8. p. 237.
Hodges, R.W., 1978. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.1. E. W. Classey Ltd. and The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 54; plate 4, fig. 7. (3)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 6.1, Gelechioidea, Antequerinae, Cosmopteriginae, Chrysopeleiinae.
Hodges, R. W. 1978. London: E. W. Classey Ltd. and The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 166 pp.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems