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Species Elachista orestella - Hodges#1083

Elachista orestella  - Elachista orestella Hodges#1083 - Elachista orestella
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Classification
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
1083
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachista orestella Busck, 1908
Size
Kaila (1997) listed the forewing length as 3.1 to 5.7 mm.
Identification
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).
Range
Alaska, and across all of Canada; south to Nebraska and New Jersey in the United States.
Habitat
Elachista orestella is usually found in montane habitats.
Season
Kaila (1997) reported April through September.
Food
Kaila (1997) reported the whole group as grass leafminers (Poaceae).
Remarks
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.