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Species Mesepiola specca - Hodges#0209

Moth for ID - Mesepiola specca
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Prodoxidae (Yucca Moths)
Subfamily Prodoxinae
Genus Mesepiola
Species specca (Mesepiola specca - Hodges#0209)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mesepiola specca Davis, 1967 (1)
Mesepiola specca is the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico.
Davis (1967) listed the wingspan. (1)
♂ 8-10 mm.
♀ 8-12 mm.
New Mexico to southern California. (1)
Holotype ♀ collected at Bog Spring Camp Ground, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, 5100', Santa Cruz County, Arizona, July 10-26-1964, D.R. Davis collector, #67753 in the United States National Museum (USNM). (1)
The larval host plants include Nolina and Dasylirion species.
Print References
Davis, D.R., 1967. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Prodoxinae (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae). Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 255: 97; figs. 43, 48, 56, 78, 102, 113, 128, 148; map 16. (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, plate 2.3; p. 43. (2)
Works Cited
1.A Revision of the Moths of the Subfamily Prodoxinae
Donald R. Davis. 1967. United States National Museum Bulletin, No. 255, 1-170.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems