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Genus Batrachedra

Skinny White Moth - Batrachedra enormis Moth - Batrachedra enormis Moth - Batrachedra A Batrachedra sp. - Batrachedra micromoth - Batrachedra enormis Batrachedra Moth - Batrachedra Batrachedra - female Twirler? - Batrachedra
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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 Batrachedridae
Genus Batrachedra
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Batrachedra Herrich-Schäffer, 1853
Explanation of Names
Batrachedra is from Greek, apparently from batrachos (βατραχος)- "frog" + edra (εδρα)- "seat, sitting".
One 19th-century source, An Accented List of the British Lepidoptera, With Hints On the Derivation of Names, says the name alludes to "the insect's habit of sitting 'with the anterior feet put back, and the head raised,' thus giving it a somewhat frog-like appearance." (p.99)
According to Hodges' revision here, there are a number of look-alike species in the eastern USA, and some of them are quite variable in appearance as well; for example, B. curvilineella is differentiated from B. praeangusta only on basis of life history and alar expanse (even genital morphology is the same in these two spp.). --Terry Harrison.
Print References
Herrich-Schäffer, G.A.W. 1853. Systematische Bearbeitung der Schmetterlinge von Europa, 5: 54
Maier, C.T. 2005. First North American records of Batrachedra pinicolella (Lepidoptera: Batrachedridae), a Palearctic needleminer of spruces. The Canadian Entomologist 137(2): 188-191
Hodges, R.W., 1966. Review of New World Species of Batrachedra, with Description of Three New Genera (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 92(4):585-651