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Species Dichomeris copa - Hodges#2291.2

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Dichomeridinae
Genus Dichomeris
Species copa (Dichomeris copa - Hodges#2291.2)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dichomeris copa Hodges, 1986
* phylogenetic sequence #070500
Explanation of Names
Specific name copa from Latin meaning "dancing-girl."
Wingspan about 15 mm.
Adult - forewing dark gray with yellowish-brown basal patch that extends about halfway along costa as a tapering streak; median area with two small pale spots and a larger irregular-shaped spot arranged in a triangle; hindwing whitish with slightly darker shading near outer margin, and broad fringe along inner margin.
Records from Wyoming east to southern Ontario and Vermont, south to southern Illinois and Maryland. (1), (2)
Type locality: Snyder Heights, Ithaca, New York. (2)
Most records of adults from June through September. (1)
Larval hosts include goldenrod (Solidago, Asteraceae). (3)
See Also
Dichomeris costarufoella is similar but has a smaller and more yellowish basal patch, white speckling in the median area, and a pale patch along the costa near the apex.
Print References
Beadle, D. & S. Leckie 2012. Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Houghton Mifflin. p.66-67 (preview) (4)
Brown, J.W, D. Adamski, R.W. Hodges & S.M. Bahr, II 2004. Catalog of the type specimens of Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera) in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Zootaxa 510: 39 (PDF) (2)
Hodges, R.W. 1986. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.1: p.92, pl.2.28 (5)
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