Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dietz, 1905 (1)
Explanation of Names
Dietz named the species in honor of his daughter. (1)
is the only member of the genus found north of Mexico. (2)
Robinson (2001) listed a single species in the genus.
Dietz (1905) listed the wingspan as 9.5-13 mm. 5 to 6 mm long.(1)
Head: Top of head rough haired (scaled), face yellowish-white. Palpi long, folded, mostly dark.
Antenna: Dark, simple, thick; over half as long as wing.
Thorax: Dark purplish-brown. Underside silvery-gray.
Wings: Dark brown with patches of white scales. Two white streaks from base to mid wing, lower one wide and straight, upper one narrow, slanted. Mid wing costa edge has a divided white mark; more large white dashes around wing tip. Inner margin has vague white scales and a small patch at anal angle. Fringes striped white, brown, white; brown dots also mixed in. Hindwings and fringe grayish-brown, shiny.
Legs: Striped brown and white. Hind shins (tibiae) fringed with long white hairs.
Abdomen: Brownish-gray on top side, silvery gray on underside.
The original description of Leucomele miriamella
Dietz, is available online in the print references below. (1)
Forbes (1923) description. (3)
Scattered records in eastern North America. (4)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Usually found on tree trunks like Black Cherry.
The adults are most common from June to August. (2)
Debris, fungus, rotted animal and vegetation.
Syntype Leucomele miriamella (4 males, 2 females) by Dietz, 1905. MCZ#2854. Locality: Maryland and Pennsylvania. In the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Mass. Two additional male syntypes in US National Museum and one male syntype in British Museum Natural History.
Dietz, W.G., 1905. Revision of the genera and species of the tineid subfamilies Amydriinae and Tineinae inhabiting North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society
, 31: 90
; pl. 3, fig. 8; pl. 6, fig. 7. (1)
Forbes, W.T.M., 1923. The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 1905, Vol. 31, pp. 89 to 90 by Dietz.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68, pg. 137 by Forbes.
Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Vol. 152, pg. 52.