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Species Hellinsia pectodactylus - Hodges#6206

Hellinsia pectodactylus 6206 - Hellinsia pectodactylus Hellinsia pectodactylus Hellinsia pectodactylus Hellinsia pectodactylus Hellinsia pectodactylus 6206  - Hellinsia pectodactylus Plume Moth A - Hellinsia pectodactylus Hellinsia pectodactylus - Hodges#6206 - Hellinsia pectodactylus - female Hellinsia pectodactylus - Hodges#6206 - Hellinsia pectodactylus - female
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Classification
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 pectodactylus (Hellinsia pectodactylus - Hodges#6206)
Hodges Number
6206
Size
The wingspan is 17-19 mm, according to specimens at BugGuide.net.
Identification
from Deborah Matthews "Based on the thickness of the posterior apophyses and the sclerotization of the papillae anales, I believe this is one of the two or more species which are part of the Hellinsia pectodactylus complex. For now, we are calling it pectodactylus but stramineus or angustus may be used in the future. I can't see the anterior apophyses (they will be very short) and these do not always show without double staining. If I am correct, this specimen should be bit smaller than most of the species you are finding."
Range
Much of the United States and southern Canada, according to the range map at Moth Photographers Group.