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Species Alucita montana - Montana Six-plume Moth - Hodges#2313

Six-Plume Moth - Alucita montana Alucitidae: Alucita montana? - Alucita montana Montana Six-plume Moth  - Alucita montana Moth that seems to be hatching in 15 degrees fahrenheit weather.  - Alucita montana Montana Six-plume Moth - Alucita montana Alucitidae: Alucita montana? - Alucita montana Alucitidae: Alucita montana? - Alucita montana Unknown Moth - Alucita montana
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Alucitoidea (Many-plume Moths)
Family Alucitidae (Many-plume Moths)
Genus Alucita
Species montana (Montana Six-plume Moth - Hodges#2313)
Hodges Number
2313
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.
Size
Forewing length 5.5-6.5 mm. (1)
Range
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.
Food
Larvae are likely leaf and flower miners of snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.) in the north, and honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) in California. (1)
Remarks
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.
See Also
Of the three North American species, only the range of A. montana extends to the west coast - from California to British Columbia.
Print References
Beadle, D. & S. Leckie 2012. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Houghton Mifflin. p.124-125 (2)
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)
Internet References
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)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
3.The genus Alucita in North America, with description of two new species (Lepidoptera: Alucitidae)
Bernard Landry, Jean-François Landry. 2004. The Canadian Entomologist 136(4): 553-579.