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Species Epiblema luctuosissima - Hodges#3174.1

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Epiblema
Species luctuosissima (Epiblema luctuosissima - Hodges#3174.1)
Hodges Number
3174.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epiblema luctuosissima Blanchard, 1984 (1)
Epiblema luctuosana Blanchard, 1979 (2)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin luctuosissimus meaning "mournful."
Numbers
There are more than 40 named species of the genus Epiblema in America north of Mexico. (3), (4)
Several to be described. (3)
Size
Wingspan: (2)
♂ 9.3-13.5 mm.
♀ 11.8-13.6
Identification
Blanchard (1979) original description as Epiblema luctuosana is available online.(2)
Range
Texas(5) to southern Colorado to Ohio.
Type locality: USA: Texas, Nueces County, Padre Island National Seashore.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Main flight is July to October. (3)
Food
Unknown.
See Also

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Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Blanchard, A. 1979. New status for Epiblema minutana (Kearfott) and new species of Epiblema Hubner and Sonia Heinrich (Tortricidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 33(3): 179-188. (2), (184).
Gilligan, Wright, & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States. Ohio Biological Survey. p. 120.176.(4)
Works Cited
1.Epiblema luctuosana (A. Blanchard), a homonym is changed to Epiblema luctuosissima, a new name.
André Blanchard. 1984. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 38(3): 245.
2.New Status for Epiblema Minutana (Kearfott) and New Species of Epiblema Hubner and Sonia Heinrich (Tortricidae)
A. Blanchard. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 33(3), 1979, 179-188.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States, An Identification Guide
Gilligan, Todd M., Donald J. Wright, and Loran D. Gibson. 2008. Ohio Biological Survey, P.O. Box 21370, Columbus, Ohio 43221-0370.
5.Moths of Brackenridge Field Laboratory University of Texas at Austin
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems