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Species Rectiostoma fernaldella - Hodges#1027

Moth - Rectiostoma fernaldella Stenomid Oak Leaf Tier - Rectiostoma fernaldella - male Small moth - day flying - seeks ID. - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma fernaldella Micromoth - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma? - Rectiostoma fernaldella Rectiostoma? - Rectiostoma fernaldella
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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Stenomatinae
Genus Rectiostoma
Species fernaldella (Rectiostoma fernaldella - Hodges#1027)
Hodges Number
1027
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).
Size
Forewing length 5-6.5 mm. (1), (2)
Identification
The original description as Setiostoma fernaldella Riley, is available online in the print references below.
Range
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.
Habitat
Found in foothill regions to mid-elevations.(2)
Season
The adults appear to be most common from January to July, and September to October. (4)
Food
Larval hosts include: (1)
Quercus spp. (oak)
Lithocarpus densiflorus (Hook. & Arn.) Rehder (tanoak)
Remarks
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.