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Species Mompha unifasciella - Hodges#1458

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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 Momphidae (Momphid Moths)
Subfamily Momphinae
Genus Mompha
Species unifasciella (Mompha unifasciella - Hodges#1458)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mompha unifasciella (Chambers 1876)
Laverna unifasciella Chambers 1876
Forewing length 3.5-5 mm.
Distinguished from Mompha albapalpella by the basal patch never being cream color.
Occurs across all of southern Canada; California. (1)
Adults fly year round in warmer areas and March through October in northern areas.
Larval host plant is Epilobium angustifolium (fireweed). (2)
Life Cycle
Produces a round subterminal gall.
There appear to be at least three BIN groups at BOLD associated with Mompha unifasciella. The BINs are not each others closest neighbors meaning that they are unlikely to represent variations of the same species. However, until the identity of each is determined, they will be treated as M. unifasciella. Jim Moore has specimens in each as follows:
BOLD:AAC2120         BOLD:AAC2121         BOLD:AAB9187

- Steve Nanz (2/7/2018)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Braun, A. 1921. Two weeks of collecting in Glacier National Park. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 73: 6. (2)
Chambers, V.T. 1876. Tineina. The Canadian Entomologist, 8: 159.
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Two weeks collecting in Glacier National Park
Annette F. Braun. 1921. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 73(1): 1-23.
3.University of Alberta Entomology Collection
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems