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Species Elachista orestella - Hodges#1083

Elachista orestella  - Elachista orestella Hodges#1083 - Elachista orestella
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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 Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths)
Subfamily Elachistinae
Genus Elachista
No Taxon (argentella species group)
Species orestella (Elachista orestella - Hodges#1083)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachista orestella Busck, 1908
Kaila (1997) listed the forewing length as 3.1 to 5.7 mm.
Elachista orestella forewing is white with a black spot near the middle of the forewing and at the 2/3 of the wing. The basal 1/6 of the costa is grey. (Kaila 1997).
Alaska, and across all of Canada; south to Nebraska and New Jersey in the United States.
Elachista orestella is usually found in montane habitats.
Kaila (1997) reported April through September.
Kaila (1997) reported the whole group as grass leafminers (Poaceae).
Kaila (1997) reported the members of the genus are not often attracted to lights.
See Also
Elachista aurocristata has the forewing spots but they are faint and brownish. (Kaila 1997).
Print References
Busck, A., 1908. Descriptions of some new microlepidoptera from Pennsylvania. The Canadian Entomologist, 196.