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Species Esperia sulphurella - Sulphur Esperia Moth - Hodges#1057

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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 Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)
Subfamily Oecophorinae
Tribe Oecophorini
Genus Esperia
Species sulphurella (Sulphur Esperia Moth - Hodges#1057)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Esperia sulphurella (Fabricius, 1775)
Alucita sulphurella Fabricius, 1775
Dafa sulphurella
Tinea orbonella Hübner, [1813]
Oecophora sulphurella var. aucta Krausse, 1915
Oecophora sulphurella var. sultanija Schawerda, 1922
* phylogenetic sequence #030400
Forewing length 6-8 mm. (1)
Adult - males have enlarged antennae. (1)
Introduced to California from Europe 40+ years ago.
End of February to mid to late April. (1)
"Larva feed under bark of fallen or cut oak." -- Bob Patterson
Life Cycle
Print References
Hodges, R.W. 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2, p.119; pl.6.17-18 (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 6.2 Gelechioidea, Oecophoridae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1974. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc.