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Species Helcystogramma fernaldella - Fernald's Helcystogramma - Hodges#2267

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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Dichomeridinae
Genus Helcystogramma
Species fernaldella (Fernald's Helcystogramma - Hodges#2267)
Hodges Number
2267
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Helcystogramma fernaldella (Busck, 1903)
Trichotaphe fernaldella Busck, 1903 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #069625
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Charles H. Fernald, a 19th century entomologist at the University of Massachusetts who did pioneering studies on the Gypsy Moth, and described a number of species of micro-moths. (1)
Size
Wingspan about 16-18 mm. (1)
Identification
Adult - forewing slender with pointed apex; ground color whitish or pale yellowish with several faint and indistinct stripes running length of wing; two dark spots in medial area. Hindwing pale grayish, slightly darker near outermargin, with long white fringe scales.
Range
Alaska, Yukon, and Alberta, east across Canada and northern United States to New Brunswick and New England. (2), (3), (4)
Holotype ♂ collected Orona, Maine (no date). (5)
Habitat
Fields, meadows, grasslands; adults attracted to light.
Food
Larvae feed on grasses.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a larva.
See Also
3 similar Helcystogramma species on MPG page
Print References
Beadle, D. & S. Leckie 2012. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Houghton Mifflin. p.66-67 (preview) (6)
Busck, A. 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 17: 915-916 (1)
Hodges, R.W. 1986. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.1, p.126; pl.3.25-27
Internet References
presence in Ontario; listing (NHIC, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species
August Busck. 1903. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 767-938.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Butterflies and Moths of the Yukon
J.D. Lafontaine & D.M. Wood. 1997. In: Danks H.V., Downes J.A. (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa: 787–86.
4.A List of the Lepidoptera of Maine. Part 2, The Microlepidoptera. Section 1 & 2
Auburn E. Brower. 1984. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 114: 1-70.
5.Catalog of the type specimens of Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera) in the collection of the NMNH, Smithsonian Institution
Brown, J.W, D. Adamski, R.W. Hodges & S.M. Bahr, II. 2004. Zootaxa 510: 160 pp.
6.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.