Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Retinia metallica (Busck, 1914)
Busck, 1914 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #620724
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet metallica
from the author's original description of "metallic scales" on the forewings. (1)
There are 14 named species of Retinia in America north of Mexico.
Forewing length 6.5-9 mm. (2)
Wingspan about 20 mm. (4)
The original description as Evetria metallica Busck, 1914 is available online in the print references below.
California, Arizona, and Colorado to Yukon Territory. (5)
Holotype was collected in Missoula, Montana (Josef Brunner
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Adults have been recorded from February to July, but are most common from late May to early June. (6)
The larvae feed on the terminal growth of pine species including: (2)
Douglas ex Loudon (lodgepole pine).
Lawson & C. Lawson (ponderosa pine).
Many similar Retinia species.
Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths
plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Busck, A. 1914. Descriptions of new Microlepidoptera of forest trees. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Gilligan, Wright, & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States: p. 88.101. (3)
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl. 14.37-38, p. 132. (2)