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Species Hellinsia grandis - Hodges#6211

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae
Tribe Pterophorini
Genus Hellinsia
Species grandis (Hellinsia grandis - Hodges#6211)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1881 by Charles Fish as Lioptilus grandis
Can be found in references online as Oidaematophorus grandis (Hodges checklist, Nomina Nearctica,, etc), Pterophorus grandis (Natural History Museum, London's LepIndex), and
Pterophorus baccharides Grinnell, 1908 turned out to be this species
Explanation of Names
grandis is Latin for "large, great". Fish commented in the original description that it was "The largest Lioptilus at present known."
Type location is California
The larvae bore into the stems of Coyotebrush, Baccharis pilularis.
Internet References
The Canadian Entomologist, v.13, p.141    Fish's original description of the species.
Entomological News v.20, p.60    Francis Xavier Williams' account of the larval stages (as Pterophorus baccharides)