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Species Sonia vovana - Hodges#3220

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Sonia
Species vovana (Sonia vovana - Hodges#3220)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sonia vovana (Kearfott, 1907)
Eucosma vovana Kearfott, 1907 (1)
Hendecaneura fraternana Busck, 1907 (2)
Eucosma typicodes Meyrick, 1912 (3)
Sonia typicodes (Meyrick, 1912)
Phylogenetic sequence #621119
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is part of a series of Kearfott names originating from various alphabetical rhyming schemes with no meaning, often derided by subsequent authors as "nonsense names." See Brown (2001) for a humorous take on this "barbarous" practice. (4), (3)
Forewing length 7.5-12 mm. (5)
Kearfott (1907) original description is available in Print References. (1)
Busck (1907) description as Hendecaneura fraternana is available online in the Print References. (2)
ID confirmed by Chuck Harp.
California to Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. (6), (7), (8)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Holotype collected USA, Utah, Stockton (Tom Spalding).
Other specimens examined: Bear Creek, Morrison, CO (E.J. Oslar); Yuma County, AZ (J.B. Smith, March 26th); Glenwood Springs, CO (Dr. Barnes, Aug,. 24th); Amarillo, TX (Cockerell, Aug,. 30th).
Most records of adults are from June through October. (5), (8)
Powell & Opler (2006) reared them from the roots of: (9), (10)
Gutierrezia Lag. (snakeweed)
Isocoma Nutt. (goldenbush)
Life Cycle
Larvae feed in the roots of the hostplant. (5)
See Also
Compare on the archived photos of living moths and pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Busck, A. 1907. New genera and species of American microlepidoptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 15: 134. (2)
Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States. Ohio Biological Survey. p. 132.203.(9)
Kearfott, W.D. 1907. New North American Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 33 (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl. 15, figs. 40-41; p. 136.(5)
Works Cited
1.New North American Tortricidae.
William Dunham Kearfott. 1907. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 1-97.
2.New genera and species of American Microlepidoptera
August Busck. 1907. Journal of The New York Entomological Society 15: 134--140.
3.On some impossible specific names in micro-lepidoptera.
Edward Meyrick. 1912. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 48: 32-36.
4.Presidential address, 2000: Nomenclatural nonsense - flying in the face of a farcical code.
John W. Brown. 2001. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 55(1): 1-7.
5.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
6.Oklahoma moth species list by county (PDF)
7.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List
8.North American Moth Photographers Group
9.Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States, An Identification Guide
Gilligan, Todd M., Donald J. Wright, and Loran D. Gibson. 2008. Ohio Biological Survey, P.O. Box 21370, Columbus, Ohio 43221-0370.
10.Larval host plant records of Asteraceae root-feeding Eucosmini in California and adjacent states (Tortricidae)
J. A. Powell, P. A. Opler . 2006. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 60(4): 189-193.
11.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems