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Species Aristotelia elegantella - Hodges#1736

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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 Anomologinae
Genus Aristotelia
Species elegantella (Aristotelia elegantella - Hodges#1736)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Elegant Arisotelia (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aristotelia elegantella (Chambers, 1874) (2)
Gelechia elegantella Chambers, 1874 (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #420650.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "elegant."
Forewing length 5.5-6.5 mm. (4)
Wingspan 13 mm. (5)
Total length 6-7 mm. (1)
Ont-Miss to CA - Map (GBIF); Map (MPG)
Powell & Opler states Texas to California. Forbes states Texas to Missouri, central Illinois, and west.
Apr-Oct (MPG & BG data)
Adults come to lights, but typically only one at a time.(4)
Print References
Chambers, V.T., 1874. Tineina from Texas. Canadian Entomologist 6(12): 239. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. Univerity of California Press. pl.7.39f, p.86
Works Cited
1.Perterson field guide to moths of southeastern North America.
Seabrooke Leckie & David Beadle. 2018. Peterson Field Guides, 652 pp.
2.A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species
August Busck. 1903. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 767-938.
3.Tineina from Texas.
Vactor Tousey Chambers . 1874. The Canadian Entomologist, vols. 6 & 7.
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
5.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group