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Species Mompha circumscriptella - Hodges#1434

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Momphidae (Momphid Moths)
Subfamily Momphinae
Genus Mompha
Species circumscriptella (Mompha circumscriptella - Hodges#1434)
Hodges Number
1434
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mompha circumscriptella (Zeller, 1873)
Identification
Adult: Small, narrow-winged moth with distinctive FW color pattern. Can be differentiated from similar microleps by the presence of two or more tufts of raised scales on the forewing. The head vestiture is smooth. a
Food
Larva: Internal feeder on evening primroses, (Oenothera), boring into the fruit of its host, with pupation occurring inside the fruit. The infested fruit does not show any externally visible evidence to indicate the presence of the larva. The best strategy for rearing is simply to collect and cage entire clusters of fruits. a
Remarks
Considerable variation in size of adult moths and in FW ground color can occur, depending upon the particular species of Oenothera from which the moth is reared. Genital morphology of all of these variations is identical, so that, on basis of morphology, all appear to represent a single species, with the observed variation being non-genetic and determined by the larval foodplant. a
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live & pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Illustrated Guide to Microlepidoptera - detailed descriptions with images of pinned adults and life cycles