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Species Agriphila plumbifimbriellus - Hodges#5397

Feather Duster Moth - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Moth_twirler_gelechioidea_maybe_24August2013_Draper, Salt Lake County_utah - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Agriphila plumbifimbriellus, 5397 - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus I believe these are of Crambid moths - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Crambidae: Agriphila plumbifimbriellus - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Agriphila plumbifimbriellus Crambidae: Agriphila plumbifimbriellus - Agriphila plumbifimbriellus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Agriphila
Species plumbifimbriellus (Agriphila plumbifimbriellus - Hodges#5397)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agriphila plumbifimbriellus
Explanation of Names
From Latin plumbum- "lead (the metal)" + fimbriae- "fringe" + ella- diminutive ending
Forewing length 9-10.5 mm.(1)
Adult: forewing whitish to pale yellowish with dark brown speckling between veins, giving the wing a streaked appearance; thin dark ST line angles sharply near costa and extends toward base a considerable distance before touching costa; terminal line composed of black dots, surrounded by yellowish-orange shading that contrasts with paler color of remainder of wing; fringe scales dark brown to blackish.
Great Plains/prairies and mountain valleys of western United States and Canada.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates. (The Georgia record is most likely an error)
Native grasslands.
Adults fly in June and July.(1)
Moth Photographers Group has records June through September in the West.MPG
Unknown, but larvae probably feed on grasses.
See Also
Closely resembles the Agriphila vulgivagella but that species lacks an ST line, and lacks yellowish-orange shading in terminal area that contrasts with pale color of remainder of forewing.
Print References
Powell, J. A., and P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 24.6m; p. 182.(1)
Internet References
pinned adult image by C.D. Bird (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
overview including habitat, flight season, identification [although the first part describes Agriphila ruricolella by mistake], distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
University of California, Berkeley - listed for California.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.