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Species Ethmia apicipunctella - Hodges#0978

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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Ethmiinae
Genus Ethmia
Species apicipunctella (Ethmia apicipunctella - Hodges#0978)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ethmia apicipunctella (Chambers, 1875)
Hyponomeuta apicipunctella Chambers, 1875
Annika Salzberg used the presence of these features to determine her identification
(A) Four black spots grouped closely together
(B) Apical black spot that doesn’t extend to edge of wing (this rules out E. longimaculella coranella)
(c) Geographic range (rules out several other similar-looking species, mainly Canadian and neotropical ones with similar wing spot patterns)
TX, AZ, CO, WY. (1). Specimens from IN (dissected) by Jim Vargo, verified by Powell.
Type Location: TX
See Also
Ethmia prattiella, an uncommon species limited in range to TX and south, has a row of spots parallel to the costal margin, lacking in E. apicipunctella.
Ethmia longimaculella is can be separated using the guide by Annika Salzberg in Identification.
Print References
Chambers, V.T. 1875. Tineina from Texas. The Canadian Entomologist. 7: 8
Powel, 1973:87 (1)