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Species Acalyptris thoracealbella - Hodges#0112

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Nepticuloidea (Pygmy Leafmining Moths)
Family Nepticulidae
Genus Acalyptris
Species thoracealbella (Acalyptris thoracealbella - Hodges#0112)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acalyptris thoracealbella (Chambers, 1873)
Nepticula thoracealbella Chambers, 1873 (1)
Microcalyptris thoracealbella (2)
Nepticula badiocapitella Chambers, 1876 (3), (4)
Phylogentic sequence #160074.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is Latin meaning "white thorax."
Wingspan: ♂ 4.6-5.2 mm, ♀ 4.6-4.8 mm. (3), (5)
Adult - head dark ochreous, antenna scape (eye caps) shiny white, antennae pale gray-brown, collar dark ochreous, thorax whitish, abdomen pale yellow-brown reflecting metallic gray, legs pale yellow-brown with metallic gray scaling. Forewing pale brown reflecting bronze, single off-white medial fascia broadening at the dorsal margin followed by two patches of the same color. Fringe pale gray-white, hindwing pale brown with pale gray-white fringe. See Wilkinson (1979) in Print References.
Scattered records from Indiana, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. (3), (5), (6)
Holotype ♂ collected in Kentucky. (1)
Larvae are probably leaf miners but the host is unknown.
Print References
Braun, A.F., 1917. Nepticulidae of North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 43: 189. (3)
Chambers, V.T., 1873. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 5(7): 127. (1)
Chambers, V.T., 1876. Tineina. The Canadian Entomologist 8(8): 160. (4)
Wilkinson, C., 1979. A taxonomic study of the micro-lepidopteran genera Microcalyptris Braun and Fomoria Beirne occurring in the United States of America (Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 122(4): 67.
Internet References
Works Cited
V. T. Chambers. 1873. The Canadian Entomologist 5(5): 85-91.
2.New leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae from Florida.
Donald R. Davis. 1978. The Florida Entomologist 61(4): 209-224.
3.Nepticulidae of North America.
Annette F. Braun. 1917. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 43: 155-209.
Victor T. Chambers. 1876. The Canadian Entomologist 8(6): 103-106, (cont.) 8(8): 158-160.
5.A taxonomic study of the micro-lepidopteran genera Microcalyptris Braun and Fomoria Beirne occurring in the United States ...
Christopher Wilkinson. 1979. Tijdschrift voor entomologie 122(4): 59-90.
6.A List of the Lepidoptera of Maine. Part 2, The Microlepidoptera. Section 1 & 2
Auburn E. Brower. 1984. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 114: 1-70.
7.North American Moth Photographers Group