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Species Agdistis americana - Hodges#6089

6089  - Agdistis americana Agdistis americana Agdistis americana Agdistis americana
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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 Agdistinae
Genus Agdistis
Species americana (Agdistis americana - Hodges#6089)
Hodges Number
1 nearctic species (more species in Palearctic and Oriental regions)(1)
FW: 9-10.7 mm(1)
The genus is distinctive among American Plume Moths (Pterophoridae) in having both fore-wings and hind-wings entire (i.e. lacking the irregularly-cleft "fringes" along the trailing edges of the wings, typical of other plume moths). In living specimens, the posture enables easy recognition in combination with the specialized habitat. Wings are angled upward forming an overall "Y" shape, rather than at right angles to the thorax forming a "T" as in most other Pterophorid genera:
Southern California (including Channel Islands) and both coasts of Baja California, Mexico.(1)
Coastal salt marshes.(1)
Larvae have been found in March (emerging in April) and May (emerging in June). Adults have been collected from March to May and also from September to October, suggesting at least two generations a year.(1)
Larval host plant is the salt marsh plant Alkali Heath (Frankenia salina).(1)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.