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Species Ypsolopha ochrella - Hodges#2391

Moth - Ypsolopha ochrella Micro Moth larva - Ypsolopha ochrella Micro Moth pupa - Ypsolopha ochrella Hodges#2391 Rearing series - Ypsolopha ochrella Hodges#2391 Rearing series - Ypsolopha ochrella Slim moth, long antennae - Ypsolopha ochrella Slim moth, long antennae - Ypsolopha ochrella Ypsolopha rubrella - Ypsolopha ochrella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Ypsolophidae
Genus Ypsolopha
Species ochrella (Ypsolopha ochrella - Hodges#2391)
Hodges Number
2391
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ypsolopha ochrella (Chambers, 1880)
Pluteloptera ochrella Chambers, 1880
Cerostoma rubrella Dyar, 1902
Explanation of Names
Ypsolopha ochrella (Chambers, 1880), formerly treated as a synonym of 2398 Ypsolopha ustella (Clerck, 1759) in the Hodges 1983 Checklist, is raised to full species status and includes as a synonym, 2391 Ypsolopha rubrella (Dyar, 1902) in Sohn (2105), Breviora, 542: 13.
Numbers
Ypsolopha has 36 described species in America north of Mexico. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) states there are about 50 described species in North America. (Mexico, etc. included). (2)
Size
Forewing length 7-8 mm.
The coastal California population is smaller with forewing length of 5.5-6.5 mm.(2)
Identification
The descriptions of the larva and adult as Cerostoma rubrella Dyar, is available online in the print references below, but Dyar's description is (as is typical of the era and his work) very brief.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (3)
Range
California to British Columbia, east to Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. (1)
British Columbia records. (1)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Adults are most common from April to August; longer flight period in California and Texas. (1)
Food
Larval hosts: (2)
Berberis repens (Lindl.) G. Don (barberry) in Colorado.
Berberis nervosa (Pursh) Nutt. (Cascade barberry) in coastal California.
Mahonia trifoliolata in Edwards County, Texas - Ann Hendrickson
Remarks
Adults are usually not attracted to lights.(2)
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1903. Descriptions of the larvae of some moths from Colorado. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 25: 404.
Sohn, J.C., 2015. A Catalogue of the Type Specimens of Yponomeutoidea (Lepidoptera) in the Museum of Comparative Zoology with Revised Status of Pluteloptera ochrella. Breviora, 542: 1-19.
Sohn, J.C., 2015. A Catalogue of the Type Specimens of Yponomeutoidea (Lepidoptera) in the Museum of Comparative Zoology with Revised Status of Pluteloptera ochrella. Breviora, 542: 1-19.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl. 11.8, p. 107. (2)