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Species Aristotelia argentifera - Hodges#1730

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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 argentifera (Aristotelia argentifera - Hodges#1730)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aristotelia argentifera Busck, 1903 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #420643.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "silver," for the "strongly metallic silvery and bluish iridescent scales" on the wings. (1)
There are more than 40 named species of Aristotelia in America north of Mexico. (2)
There are several known species that have not been described.
Forewing length 5-7.5 mm. (3)
Original description is online in PDF. (1)
California(4) and western Nevada. (3)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Known larval foodplants include: (3)
California goldenbush, Ericameria ericoides (Less.) Jeps
Coyotebrush, Baccharis pilularis DC.
See Also
Compare to other Aristotelia species on the pinned plates at Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Busck, A., 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 800. (1)
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 7.36, p. 86.(3)