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tineid - Dryadaula terpsichorella

tineid - Dryadaula terpsichorella
Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
May 29, 2010
The first record of this species for Orange County and only the second record of the species from California, to the best of my knowledge (previously only recorded from Florida).

Moved to Dryadaula terpsichorella
Moved from Caribbean Scavenger Moth.

Compare the original description for Erechthias minuscula, here, and BOLD images, here, to the original description of Dryadaula terpsichorella, here, and the the BOLD images here.

Good call Steve
I've long suspected these CA specimens might be in fact this species, but I had not seen the species descriptions. So to be clear, the Caribbean Scavenger occurs in Florida but not California, while the Hawaiian Dancer occurs in both states? The only record I see of the former occurring in CA is in the MPG data map, which appears to be based solely on my bugguide submissions, hence invalidating those records and restricting that species to the southeast.

I can't find any references or barcoding evidence showing that the Erechthias minuscula is found in CA although it could turn up there at any time and probably will given how much it has spread around the world. Both species were also introduced to Hawaii and you can get more info from the Insects of Hawaii Volume 9 Part 1, here. You can also see more ID info for E. minuscula from New Zealand Biosecurity here and Zookeys, here. Odd that there are no BugGuide images as of yet for this species.

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