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Species Hellinsia inquinatus - Hodges#6186

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae
Tribe Pterophorini
Genus Hellinsia
Species inquinatus (Hellinsia inquinatus - Hodges#6186)
Hodges Number
6186
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zeller 1873
Oedematophorus inquinatus, Oidaematophorus inquinatus, Pterophorus inquinatus
Size
15 to 22 mm wingspan. 8 to 10 mm long.
Identification
MJ emailed Dr. Deborah Matthews regarding

Her response cautions us that this is currently a complex of three species:
"For now I would move them to inquinatus and keep the determination as tentative. The three in the "complex" are inquinatus, eros, and pan. At some point I'll take a closer look at these and compare the types and long series of dissections as well as CO1 barcodes. The female genitalia may be more helpful than the males in this case." Dr D. L. Matthews - Jan. 2019
Habitat
Forest edges, meadows.
Season
June to September.
Food
Ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Remarks
Types:
Holotype as Oedematophorus inquinatus by Zeller, 1873. Type Locality: Texas. In the British Museum of Natural History, London, England.
Print References
References:
Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Koniglichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 1873, Vol. 23 by Zeller, pg. 325.
Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America, 1917, Vol. 4 by Barnes & McDunnough, pp. 402-403.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68, by Forbes, pg. 649.
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