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Species Theisoa constrictella - Hodges#1722

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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Anomologinae
Genus Theisoa
Species constrictella (Theisoa constrictella - Hodges#1722)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oecophora constrictella
one of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Size compared to Perispasta caeculalis:
Adult: forewing slender, lance-shaped; basal third brown, edged in black distally; remainder of wing paler brown with yellowish AM line and blackish triangle half-way along costa, bordered distally by a yellowish wedge; black discal dot near middle of wing; hindwing consists of a spike-like midrib with very long fringe of pale hair-like scales; thorax brown; base of abdomen pale yellow; remainder of abdomen dark gray to blackish, sometimes with pale yellow tip
southeastern United States: Texas to Florida, north to Maryland and Kentucky
adults fly in spring (May in Maryland)
The HOSTS website gives the host plant as being various species of Ulmus (elm).
Internet References
pinned adult image by SangMi Lee (Moth Photographers Group)
8 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
collection localities of specimens in collection (Mississippi Entomological Museum)
type specimen locality at Dallas, Texas (Harvard U., Connecticut)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)