Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alucita montana Barnes & Lindsey, 1921
* phylogenetic sequence #071800
Explanation of Names
Montana is probably where the type specimen was collected (though it could also refer to it being found in the mountains); the common name suggested above would distinguish this species from the other two Alucita species in North America, as well as the strictly Old World A. hexadactyla.
Forewing length 5.5-6.5 mm. (1)
Southwestern Quebec and Vermont, west to British Columbia, south to Arizona, California, and Texas except in deserts. (1)
See genus page
for distribution of the other two species of Alucita
in North America.
Larvae are likely leaf and flower miners of snowberry (Symphoricarpos
spp.) in the north, and honeysuckle (Lonicera
spp.) in California. (1)
The Eurasian species Alucita hexadactyla was previously thought to be the only species of Alucita in North America. Landry and Landry have since determined that A. hexadactyla does not occur in North America.
Of the three North American species
, only the range of A. montana
extends to the west coast - from California to British Columbia.
Beadle, D. & S. Leckie 2012. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Houghton Mifflin. p.124
Landry, Bernard & Jean-François Landry 2004. The genus Alucita
in North America, with description of two new species (Lepidoptera: Alucitidae). Can. Entomol. 136: 553- 579 (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.117, pl.12.5f (1)
live adult image
[listed as A. hexadactyla
] plus host plant (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
presence in California; PDF doc list
and host plant (U. of California at Berkeley)