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Leaf roller moth from Shenandoah - Agonopterix senicionella

Leaf roller moth from Shenandoah - Agonopterix senicionella
Elkwallow, Shenandoah National Park, Page County, Virginia, USA
June 14, 2010
Size: ~ 10 mm
Leaf roller moth from golden ragwort Senecio aureus. I collected a number of caterpillars inside basal leaves of ragwort. Fortunately I found out the name of the plant; originally I had thought that there were violets because the basal leaves resemble those of violets. Only one made it all the way through. It pupated in my absence, but I have images of a pupa of these same leaf rollers from WV
Update, 1/3/2012: This is a puparium of a parasitic fly, not a moth pupa. The remnants of the caterpillar can be seen at both ends.


I accidentally dropped something and nearly destroyed the specimen, hence the damaged wing : (

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Spelling of species name
Busck's original 1902 description (Proceedings of the United States National Museum 24: 742) of this moth, which he placed in the genus Depressaria, can be viewed here. As can be seen, the first published spelling of the species name of the moth is "senicionella" (obviously because, as also is seen in the description, Busck spelled the genus name of the host plant "Senicio"). Furthermore, in the two places in which Busck refers to the moth by name in the text of the description, he calls it "seniciella," which is a misspelling, as is the spelling "senecionella" seen on the HOSTS database.

 
Thanks
I fixed that

Moved
Moved from Gelechioidea.
It was IDed as Agonopterix. The only one reported to feed on this plant is A. senicionella

Moved

 
Thanks
I suspect that this and a few other similar looking leaf rollers turn out to be members of the family Elachistidae.

Moved
Moved from Moths.

Probably ? Agonopterix sp.
(no rsvp, thanks)

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