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Species Mompha cephalonthiella - Hodges#1433

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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 Momphidae (Momphid Moths)
Subfamily Momphinae
Genus Mompha
Species cephalonthiella (Mompha cephalonthiella - Hodges#1433)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described by Vactor Tousey Chambers in 1871 as Laverna cephalonthiella. The next time Chambers used the name (in 1875), he called it Laverna cephalanthiella.
The name is an obvious reference to the host plant, which is spelled Cephalanthus, so changing the spelling is allowed/required by the rules of the International Code for Zoological Nomenclature (the issue is whether the error can be demonstrated by evidence in the original publication, without using any external source of information).
Mompha cephalanthiella
Explanation of Names
cephalanthiella is from Cephalanthus, the generic name of the host plant + the diminutive suffix -ella
expanse ≈ 7-8mm (1)
Adult: Antennae gray, annulated with dark brown, with four or five very distinct white annulations near the tip ● FW irregularly spotted with velvety black, with an ochreous patch at the base of the inner margin, dusted with golden in the middle, and white specks along the costa ● Ochreous patches are not distinct in outline, and seem to be composed of confluent streaks ● Two tufts of elevated scales within the inner margin, the first velvety black, the second ochreous, margined with velvety black, and larger than the first ● Three velvety black, slightly oblique costal streaks, the first small, placed before the middle ; the second larger, behind the middle; and the third and largest just before the ciliae ● There is an oblique costal streak of rather dense white dusting before the apex, and an opposite dorsal one. Three dark brown hinder marginal lines, one at the base of the ciliae, the second before the apex and the third at the apex ● In some lights, the tufts glow with crimson and purple hues, and the ochreous patches assume the form of indefinite wide bands. (1)
The larvae feed on Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis (1)
There doesn't seem to be any common name for this species as yet, but the fact that it mines the leaves of Buttonbush suggests the obvious name of "Buttonbush Leafminer" (1)--however, this name could just as well apply to M. solomoni.
The colors of the entire insect vary somewhat with the direction of the light. (1)
Internet References
The Canadian Entomologist, v.3 (1871), n.12, p.221 - Chambers' original description of the species (1)
Works Cited
V. T. Chambers. 1871. The Canadian Entomologist 3(3-12):54–58, 84–88, 108–112, 127–130, 146–149, 161–166, 182–185, 205–209, 221–224.