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Species Filatima serotinella - Hodges#2172

Orange striped caterpillar - Filatima serotinella Black cherry moth - Filatima serotinella Black cherry leaf crumpler - Filatima serotinella Filatima serotinella Filatima serotinella St. Andrews leaf tier on Prunus serotina SA1431 2018 1 - Filatima serotinella St. Andrews leaf tier on Prunus serotina SA1431 2018 5 - Filatima serotinella Gray moth with brown sides - Filatima serotinella
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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Filatima
Species serotinella (Filatima serotinella - Hodges#2172 )
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Filatima serotinella (Busck, 1903)
Gelechia serotinella Busck, 1903 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet refers to the larval host, Prunus serotina.
Filatima has more than 57 species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Wingspan 16-21 mm. (1)
The original description as Gelechia serotinella Busck, is available in PDF and online in the print references below. (1)
Records are mostly from eastern North America. (3), (2)
Alberta record on Moth Photographers Group. (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults are most common from March to October. (2)
Originally described as a Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) specialist (1), but subsequently found and reared on other Prunus species.
See Also
Filatima pseudacaciella

Compare to others on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Busck, A. 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidea with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 25: 882. (1)