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Species Monopis laevigella - Skin Moth - Hodges#0415.1

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Tineinae
Genus Monopis
Species laevigella (Skin Moth - Hodges#0415.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Monopis laevigella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Tineae laevigella Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 (1)
Monopis rusticella, Tinea rusticella Many more European synonyms.
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet possibly from Latin laevigatus meaning "smooth, polished." (2)
Body length 6-7 mm.
Wingspan 13-20 mm.
Head: Yellowish-white, long-haired (scaled). Palpi long, folded; pale yellowish white.
Antenna: Dark brown, segment 1 yellow.
Thorax: Dark brown with purplish cast.
Wings: Dark brown with purplish reflections, heavily, uniformly speckled with white; somewhat forming an uneven series of white spots along costa edge. White semi-transparent circle at mid wing. White speckling heavier around wing tip, but not patches. Fringe white mostly, mixed with some brown on inner margin near wing tip, but often absent on female. Hindwings gray-brown.
Legs: Brown and white striped.
Abdomen: Brown.
Across Canada, northern States and Tennessee.
May; again in Aug to Sept.
Rotting animals, owl pellets, bird nest debris, feathers, cloth.
Life Cycle
2 generations per year.
Type specimens all European.
Print References
Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775. Ankündung eines systematischen Werkes von den Schmetterlingen der Wienergegend: 139. (1)
Works Cited
1.Systematisches Verzeichniß der Schmetterlinge der Wienergegend.
Michael Denis & Ignaz Schiffermüller. 1775. Augustin Bernardi, Wien. pp.323.
2.Dictionary of natural history terms with their derivations, including the various orders, genera, and species.
David H. McNicoll. 1863. Lovell Reeve & Company.