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Species Filatima nigripectus - Hodges#2155

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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 Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Filatima
Species nigripectus (Filatima nigripectus - Hodges#2155)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Filatima nigripectus (Walsingham, 1911)
Gelechia nigripectus Walsingham, 1911 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #421106
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is Latin meaning "black-breasted" for the sooty black ventral abdomen. Walsingham simultaneously described Gelechia albipectus from Mexico stating "all the femora, and underside of thorax and abdomen (except the anal segments), ivory-white, in strong contrast to those of nigripectus which are sooty black." (1)
Filatima has more than 57 species in America north of Mexico. (2), (3)
Wingspan 15 mm. (1)
Arizona. (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
Adults are most common in January; June. (2)
Larval host is unknown.
Print References
Walsingham, T. de Grey. 1911. Tineina, Pterophorina,Orneodina, Pyralidina and Hepialina (part). Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera 4: 63. (1)
Works Cited
1.Tineina, Pterophorina, Orneodina, Pyralidina and Hepialina (part).
Lord Walsingham. 1915. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera 4: 1-482.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.