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Species Agonopterix walsinghamella - Walsingham's Agonopterix Moth - Hodges#0869

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Agonopterix
Species walsinghamella (Walsingham's Agonopterix Moth - Hodges#0869)
Hodges Number
0869
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agonopterix walsinghamella (Busck, 1902) (1)
Tinea walsinghamella Busck, 1902
syn. A. fernaldella (Walsingham, 1889)
Numbers
There are 49 named Agonopterix species listed for America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
Wingspan about 20-22 mm. (2), (3)
Identification
Revised description by Clarke, 1942. (1)
Confusion with Agonopterix lythrella on BugGuide has occurred for several years. The two species have several notable differences though:
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has mostly gray scaling with some red and black scales on the top of the thorax and head, while Agonopterix lythrella has mostly light brown scaling there with a lateral dark streak down the thorax visible in fresh specimens
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has two black spots (often very faint) in the forewing cell, while Agonopterix lythrella has the two spots combined into a bold stripe
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has has relatively elongate forewings, while Agonopterix lythrella has relatively shorter/stubbier wings

Agonopterix clemensella looks like a grayish washed-out version of walsinghamella, without the bold reddish coloring
Range
Northeastern United States and Canada. (2), (3), (4)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection locations and dates.
Season
Records of adults are mostly from April through October. (2)
Food
Larvae have been reared on sweet fern, Comptonia peregrina (L.) J.M. Coult. (5)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Hodges, R.W., 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2, p. 27; pl. 1.30.(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species
J. F. Gates Clarke. 1941. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 90(3107): 33-286.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 6.2 Gelechioidea, Oecophoridae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1974. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc.
4.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
5.Host records for Lepidoptera reared in Eastern North America
D. C. Ferguson. 1975. United States Department of Agriculture 1521: 1-45.