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Species Blastobasis floridella - Hodges#1160

Scavenger Moth - Blastobasis floridella
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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 Blastobasidae (Scavenger Moths)
Subfamily Blastobasinae (Scavenger Moths)
Tribe Blastobasini
Genus Blastobasis
Species floridella (Blastobasis floridella - Hodges#1160)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Blastobasis floridella (Dietz, 1910) (1)(2)
Valentinia floridella Dietz, 1910
There are thirteen named species of Blastobasis in America north of Mexico. (3)
Wingspan 11-16 mm.
Original description is available online in the print references below.
Southeastern U.S.
Holotype ♂, Crescent City, Florida, 4-VI-1895. (4)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data. (3)
Larval host is Zamia pumila L., [syn. Zamia integrifolia] Alton
See Dietze (1910). Identifications at BOLD (5) are based on CNCLEP00025516 in BIN group BOLD:AAB1097, which was dissected and tentatively identified by David Adamski. However, it was not reared and it does not match the lectotype or does it match the original description and illustration. David Adamski (pers. comm., 2024) has implied that without host, identification is uncertain. BOLD:AAB1097 might refer to Blastobasis pulchella. The specimens match the description and DNA barcode places it as the nearest BIN group to CNCLEP00105947, a paratype of pulchella.
Print References
Baldizzone, G., 2006. World Catalogue Of Insects: Coleophoridae, Coleophorinae (Lepidoptera), 8: (2)
Dietz, 1910: 17.(1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the Blastobasidae of North America
Dietze, W.G. 1910. Transactions of the American Entomological Society.
2.World Catalogue Of Insects: Coleophoridae, Coleophorinae (Lepidoptera) Volume 8
G. Baldizzone, J-F. Landry, H. Van Der Wolf. 2006. Apollo Books.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Catalog of the type specimens of Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera) in the collection of the NMNH, Smithsonian Institution
Brown, J.W, D. Adamski, R.W. Hodges & S.M. Bahr, II. 2004. Zootaxa 510: 160 pp.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems