Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptostales rubromarginaria (Packard, 1871)
* phylogenetic sequence #210525
Acidalia rubromarginaria Packard, 1871
Adults of L. rubromarginaria and ferruminaria are both variable in color and markings, and resemble each other very closely.
Southern British Columbia to central California , Arizona and Colorado. (1)
All the DNA determined specimens at lepbarcoding.org
are from British Columbia and California. (2015)
The notes below are older postings:
*There is confusion or disagreement over the eastern distribution of L. rubromarginaria
(see Remarks below) but in the west, this is the only species of Leptosales
listed in British Columbia
, and Oregon
There is a single flight from April to July. (1)
Larval host unknown, but adults are often seen near Prunus americana
(American plum) *usda.gov
- plant information. (1)
Charles Covell's Guide gives a distribution of "southern Quebec to Florida, west across Canada..." but CBIF
does not list this species in Canada, except in British Columbia (and the Leptostales
species that occurs from Quebec to Alberta is listed as ferruminaria
Also, the list of Florida Lepidoptera
includes L. ferruminaria
but not rubromarginaria
, so there seems to be confusion over the eastern distribution of these two species, neither of which is treated as a synonym or subspecies of the other.
Along the west coast of United States and Canada, rubromarginaria
is the only Leptostales
Likely to be confused only with L. ferruminaria, as other species of Leptostales have distinctive colors and/or markings.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.31.34m; p.222 (1)
Packard, 1871. Catalogue of the Phalaenidae of California. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History.
Moth Photographers Group
- photo of living and pinned adults.
- species account with range map and pinned adults.