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Species Phycitodes mucidella - Hodges#5946

Pyralid - Phycitodes mucidella Phycitodes mucidellum - Hodges #5946.1 - Phycitodes mucidella Phycitodes reliquellus 5946.2 - Phycitodes mucidella Phycitodes mucidella - Hodges # 5946.1 - Phycitodes mucidella Moth sp, - Phycitodes mucidella Moth - Phycitodes mucidella Phycitodes mucidella ? - Phycitodes mucidella Ephestiodes gilvescentella? - Phycitodes mucidella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
No Taxon (Homoeosoma Series)
Genus Phycitodes
Species mucidella (Phycitodes mucidella - Hodges#5946)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phycitodes mucidella (Ragonot, 1887)
Homoeosoma mucidella Ragonot, 1887
Homoeosoma albatella of authors, not Ragonot, 1887
Homoeosoma reliquellum Dyar, 1904
Explanation of Names
Phycitodes mucidella (Ragonot, 1887) is elevated from subspecies of Phycitodes albatella (now regarded as extralimital to North America) in Neunzig (1997) and includes as a synonym Phycitodes reliquellum (Dyar, 1904) in Scholtens & Hayden in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) (2023)(1).
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length as 6.5-10 mm. (2)
"Smooth, obscure cinereous, thickly dusted with white on costal half. Lines obsolete, the inner represented by three black dots, the upper and lower of which are very small, the middle one more outwardly placed; outer line indicated by an outward blackish shade, curved, regular and even. Discal dots black, joined into a large spot in the male, narrowly separated in the female. Hind wings whitish, gray tinted along costa and outer edge. Expanse 15-16 mm... Nearly allied to Homceosoma mucidellum Rag. but smaller, smoother cinereous, the outer line very vague and slightly curved, discal dots approximated or fused..." - Dyar, 1904:112

Larvae have been reared on: (2), (3)
Ragwort, Senecio.
Thistle, Cirsium.
Cudweed, Gnaphalium.
Gumweed, Grindelia.
Flowers of Packera obovata (Running Groundsel), Cirsium horridulum (Yellow Thistle), Pyrrhopappus carolinianus (Carolina Desert-chicory), Sonchus asper (Spiny-leaved Sow-thistle), Sonchus oleracea (Common Sow-thistle), Lactuca canadensis (Tall Lettuce) (Mass Moths)
Print References
Dyar, H. G. 1904. Additions to the list of North American Lepidoptera. No. 2. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 6 (2): 112.
Heinrich, 1956:226 (4)
Neunzig, H.H., 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 117; pl. 4.37. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 26, fig. 35; p. 194. (2)
Ragonot, E.L. 1887. Diagnoses of North American Phycitidae and Galleriidae. – Published by the author, Paris. 1–20.
Internet References
Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (6) (Phycitodes mucidellus)
Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (6) (Phycitodes mucidella)
The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (6) (Phycitodes reliquellus)
The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (6) (Phycitodes reliquella)
Works Cited
1.Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.). 2023. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.The Moths of North America north of Mexico. Fascicle 15.4. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Phycitinae (part)
H. H. Neunzig. 1997. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
4.American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae
Carl Heinrich. 1956. United States National Museum Bulletin 207: 1-581.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems