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Species Pelochrista fandana - Hodges#3012

Eucosma fandana - Pelochrista fandana
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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 Pelochrista
Species fandana (Pelochrista fandana - Hodges#3012)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Eucosma fandana
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pelochrista fandana (Kearfott, 1907) (1)
Eucosma fandana Kearfott, 1907 (2)
Eucosma argyraula Meyrick, 1912 (3)
Phylogenetic sequence #620936
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 10.7-15.7 mm. (5)
Adult - see Wright (2007). (5)
Known range is east of the Rockies from Colorado to Saskatchewan and Manitoba. (5)
Type: Denver, CO (Oslar).
Print References
Kearfott, W.D. 1907. New American Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 19 (2)
Works Cited
1.Revised world catalogue of Eucopina, Eucosma, Pelochrista, and Phaneta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini)
Todd M. Gilligan, Donald J. Wright. 2013. Zootaxa 3746(2): 301–337.
2.New North American Tortricidae.
William Dunham Kearfott. 1907. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 1-97.
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.Notes on Nearctic Eucosma (Hubner): a new species, a resurrected species, and three synonymies (Tortricidae)
Donald J. Wright. 2007. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 61(1): 38–49.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems