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Genus Oegoconia

Oegoconia quadripuncta - Oegoconia novimundi small black and white moth - Oegoconia Oegoconia novimundi Four-spotted Yellowneck Moth - Oegoconia novimundi  Four-spotted Yellowneck Moth - Hodges#1134 - Oegoconia novimundi Unknown Micro - Oegoconia Twirler - Four-spotted Yellowneck Moth - Oegoconia novimundi Oegoconia novimundi
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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 Oegoconiinae
Genus Oegoconia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oegoconia Stainton, 1854
Clerogenes Meyrick, 1921
Numbers
Two species in our area (1).
Food
Larvae feed on detritus in leaf litter.
Remarks
Two species known our area, separable only by dissection or DNA:

Oegoconia novimundi (Busck, 1915)
Type Locality: PA
Reported by Landry et al. (2013) from: [Eastern NA] MI, VA, MD, PA, NJ, NY, MA, VT; [Western NA] BC, WA, CA; now additionally confirmed in ON

Formerly considered a synonym of O. quadripuncta (Haworth, 1828) but restored to species status by Landry et al. (2013). Since that publication, the species has been collected in southern ON (see BOLD:AAH4681). Pohl et al. (2018)(2) reported Canadian records from BC and MB and erroneously indicated that the species was not known from eastern "NA" rather than just eastern Canada as indicated by Landry et al. (2013). The barcoded ON specimens were collected 2015 and 2016, so either Pohl et al. (2018) missed these records or the specimens were not barcoded until more recently.

Oegoconia deauratella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)
TL: Austria, Vienna
Reported by Landry et al. (2013) from: QC, ON, MI; now additionally confirmed in MN and PE (BOLD:AAB8271) and NB (Pohl et al. 2018)

Records in western North America and the eastern US outside the northern tier of states may be tentatively called novimundi; records from eastern Canada and adjacent US could easily be either species.
Print References
Landry, J-F., Nazari, V., Dewaard, J.R., Mutanen, M., Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Huemer, P., & P.D.N. Hebert, 2013. Shared but overlooked: 30 species of Holarctic Microlepidoptera revealed by DNA barcodes and morphology. Zootaxa 3749 (1): 001–093. (3)
Stainton, H.T. 1854. Insecta Britannica. Lepidoptera: Tineina. p.162
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.Annotated checklist of the moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Canada and Alaska
Pohl, et al. 2018. Pensoft, 580 pages.
3.Shared but overlooked: 30 species of Holarctic Microlepidoptera revealed by DNA barcodes and morphology
J.F. Landry, V. Nazari, J.R. Dewaard, M. Mutanen, C. Lopez-Vaamonde, P. Huemer, P.D.N. Hebert. 2013. Zootaxa, 3749(1): 001–093.