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Species Chionodes pinguicula - Hodges#2109

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Chionodes
No Taxon (formosella group)
No Taxon (sistrella complex)
Species pinguicula (Chionodes pinguicula - Hodges#2109)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chionodes pinguicula (Meyrick, 1929)
forewing length = 4.9-6.6 mm (1)
Detailed description can be found in MONA Fascicle 7-6 at the link in citations below. (1)
Colorado to Texas and west to California (1)
See Also
Chionodes plutor is very similar must be separated by genitalia, however plutor is only currently known from two widely separated localities in Texas and California. (1)
Chionodes xanthophilella is also very similar, however the dark fascia at the basal half of wing is not uniformly dark as it is in pinguicula. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live & pinned adults
CalPhotos – image of pinned adult
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 7.6. Gelechioidea, Gelechiidae, Gelechiinae (part: Chionodes)
Ronald W. Hodges. 1999. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.