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Moth - Lampronia oregonella

Moth - Lampronia oregonella
Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
July 10, 2011
Size: ~8 mm
Brymblia quadrimaculella?

Moved from Lampronia russatella. I am pretty sure this is oregonella, not russatella. Compare the two at BOLD.

Not only does it match BOLD, but aside from size it also matches the original 1880 description nicely. At the same time he described oregonella, Walsingham also described tripunctella which was later synonymised with russatella. The descriptions for tripunctella and russatella agree and they are definitely not this.

My only concern is that the WS is 22 mm for oregonella and 12-14 mm for russatella. Walsingham included plates which illustrates the size difference so it does not seem to be an error. It's a really big difference but I'm not seeing anything else at BOLD. Could the length of this example be more like 10-12 mm?

Moved from Yucca Moths.

Steve, I think the others belong in Adelidae.

Thanks for helping straighten this out.

If you have a chance could you check another image here?

looks like Lampronia russatella - Hodges #0175
Compare to the Moth Photographers Group photo.

The photos in Bug Guide under Lampronia russatella look more like Adela sp. The photo below was moved there and others followed.

What do you Recommend?
My mistake on the image you site above but in my defense, I was following what was happening on Photo#126046. I agree that those must be Adelidae and probably Adela spp.

I thought so too about the genus for the Eigelsreiter image but the pattern didn't seem quite right for the species you mention and John Davis comments here that all records of Lampronia russatella are from eastern NA and Terry Harrison's comments seem to agree.

Should we move it to Lampronia? Also, what about the images currently in L. russatella? Move them to Adelidae perhaps?

Moved from Gelechioidea.

Hah! Tricked you! Pretty sure this in Prodoxidae or Incurvariidae. Note the palps and fuzzy head.

Take a look at Lampronia and Greya.

Thanks Steve
Yes you are right. I would go with Greya variabilis. The description, size and range from the "Moths of Western North America" fits.

I suspect it is something not documented in MPG or BugGuide. I think it's safe to at least move to family.

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