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Species Anacampsis levipedella - Hodges#2241

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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 Anacampsinae
Tribe Anacampsini
Genus Anacampsis
Species levipedella (Anacampsis levipedella - Hodges#2241)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Silver-dashed Anacampsis (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anacampsis levipedella (Clemens, 1863) (2)
Strobisia levipedella Clemens, 1863 (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #420483.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "light-footed," for its "dancing" habit when "it alights after a flight, it walks in a wavy line and turns round several times in a circle." (3) See Remarks section below for more information on this behavior in microlepidoptera.
Total length 12 mm. (1)
There is an undescribed species closely resembing levipedella

A. levipedella                    A. nr. levipedella
e. US - Map (4)
Apr-Oct (mostly) (4)
Watch Victor Engel video of "dancing" behavior of Anacampsis levipedella.
Kawahara, Nishida & Rubinoff, 2011 (JoLS 65) postulate that dancing behavior in microlepidoptera is a strategy allowing the moth to simultaneously forage and avoid predation.
Print References
Clemens, B., 1863. American micro-lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 2(1): 4. (3)
Works Cited
1.Perterson field guide to moths of southeastern North America.
Seabrooke Leckie & David Beadle. 2018. Peterson Field Guides, 652 pp.
2.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
3.American micro-lepidoptera.
Brackenridge Clemens. 1863. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 2(1): 4-14.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group