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Species Euclemensia bassettella - Kermes Scale Moth - Hodges#1467

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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 Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Antequerinae
Genus Euclemensia
Species bassettella (Kermes Scale Moth - Hodges#1467)
Hodges Number
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
one of 2 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 9-14 mm
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
Texas to Florida, north to New England, southern Ontario, and Minnesota
on or near oak trees infected with scale insects which the larvae feed on; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from May to September
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)
Internet References
live adult images plus description, flight season, larval food (Henderson State U., Arkansas)
live adult image by Randy Newman, plus date and common name reference (North Carolina State Park System)
live adult image by Phil Myers, plus date (U. of Michigan)
20 pinned adult images plus collection site map showing presence in Florida (All-Leps)
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo, plus photos of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
synonym (Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia)
common name reference (
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Minnesota; citation (Insects of Cedar Creek, U. of Minnesota)
presence in Ontario; list (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)