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Species Adela thorpella - Hodges#0223

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Adelidae (Fairy Moths)
Subfamily Adelinae
Genus Adela
Species thorpella (Adela thorpella - Hodges#0223)
Hodges Number
0223
Explanation of Names
Named for melittologist Robbin W. Thorp of UC Davis. (1)
Size
FW 6-7mm
Identification
Large-eyed; antennae 2.5 x FW length in males, 1.4 x FW length in females; wings dull, brassy-bronze with a pale fringe and at most a pale band represented by a tornal spot. (1)(2)
Range
Central CA (from Sonoma Co. south to Monterey Co., east to Madera Co., and north to El Dorado Co.) (1)
Habitat
Open meadows, widespread in foothill situations. (2)
Season
Mar-Apr
Food
Host plant Platystemon californica(2), also rarely on Meconella (1)...both in the Papaveraceae.
Remarks
A detailed description of A. thorpella appears on pg 226 of the synopsis by Powell(1).
Internet References
A. thorpella Plate from "Moths of Western North America" by Powell & Opler(2)
List of California collection records (Essig Museum, UC Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.A Synopsis of Nearctic Adelid Moths, with Descriptions of New Species (Incurvariidae)
Jerry A. Powell. 1969. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23(4): 211-240.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.