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Species Agonopterix posticella - Hodges#0896

Moth for ID - Agonopterix posticella
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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Agonopterix
Species posticella (Agonopterix posticella - Hodges#0896)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agonopterix posticella (Walsingham, 1881) (1)
Depresssaria posticella Walsingham, 1881
Clarke (1941) reported the wingspan as 17-21 mm. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length as 5.5-8.5 mm. (2)
Clarke (1941) describes the adult, including genitalia. (1)
California and Arizona to Colorado, Alberta, and Oregon. (3), (4), (1)
Clarke (1941) listed the range as "Western United States" (1)
Holotype collected in Lake County, California. (1)
The adults are most common from May to September. (5)
Clarke (1941) reported the following larval host plants. (1)
Rupertia physodes (Douglas ex Hook.) J. Grimes [syn. Psoralea physodes], forest scurfpea.
Hoita macrostachya (DC.) Rydb. [syn. Psoralea macrostachya], large leather-root.
Psoralidium tenuiflorum (Pursh) Rydb. [syn. Psoralea tenuiflora], slimflower scurfpea.
Print References
Clarke, J.F.G ., 1941. Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species. Proceedings of The United States National Museum, 90: 119. (1)
Hodges, R.W., 1974. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc., p. 41; plate 3.1-3. (6)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, plate 4, fig. 49; p. 66. (2)
Walsingham, 1881. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 315; plate 36, fig. 5.
Works Cited
1.Revision of the North American moths of the family Oecophoridae, with descriptions of new genera and species
J. F. Gates Clarke. 1941. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 90(3107): 33-286.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List
4. An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada
Gregory R. Pohl, Gary G. Anweiler, B. Christian Schmidt, Norbert G. Kondla. 2010. ZooKeys 38: 1–549.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 6.2 Gelechioidea, Oecophoridae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1974. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc.
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems