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Species Euclemensia bassettella - Kermes Scale Moth - Hodges#1467

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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 Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Antequerinae
Genus Euclemensia
Species bassettella (Kermes Scale Moth - Hodges#1467)
Hodges Number
1467
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1864 by Clemens, who originally placed it in genus Hamadryas
Explanation of Names
Kermes Scale Moth: larvae parasitize scale insects in the genus Allokermes - and possibly Eriokermes, Nanokermes, and Kermes
Numbers
one of 2 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan 9-14 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing shiny, black, with bright orange or red strip parallel to costa, and connecting to basal patch of same color; small black bar near base and mid-way along costa; hindwing dark gray with very wide fringe of hair-like scales
Range
e. N. Amer. - Map (MPG)
Habitat
on or near oak trees infected with scale insects which the larvae feed on; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from May to September
Food
larvae are internal parasites of kermes scale insects that live on oak
See Also
Euclemensia schwarziella is restricted to the southwestern states (Arizona to Texas)
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