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Species Rectiostoma fernaldella - Hodges#1027

Moth - Rectiostoma fernaldella Small moth - day flying - seeks ID. - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma? - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma? - Rectiostoma fernaldella Larva - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma fernaldella Larva in oak leaf shelter - Rectiostoma fernaldella
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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Stenomatinae
Genus Rectiostoma
Species fernaldella (Rectiostoma fernaldella - Hodges#1027)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rectiostoma fernaldella (Riley, 1889)
Setiostoma fernaldella Riley 1889
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of entomologist Charles H. Fernald (1838-1921).
Forewing length 5-6.5 mm. (1), (2)
The original description as Setiostoma fernaldella Riley, is available online in the print references below.
Southern California to southern Arizona to southern Mexico. (3), (4), (1), (5)
Tennessee ? (4)
Holotype ♀, California, Los Angeles County, in July (no year).(6)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Found in foothill regions to mid-elevations.(2)
The adults appear to be most common from January to July, and September to October. (4)
Larval hosts include: (1)
Quercus spp. (oak)
Lithocarpus densiflorus (Hook. & Arn.) Rehder (tanoak)
Day flier (diurnal), yet rarely seen.(2)
See Also
This distinctive species is unlikely to be confused with others north of Mexico.
Compare to others on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 4.39; p. 65.(2)
Riley, C.V. 1889. Two brilliant and interesting Micro-lepidoptera new to our fauna. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 1(3): 155.