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Unknown Tineid - Dryadaula

Unknown Tineid - Dryadaula
Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, USA
August 27, 2013
A distinctive looking moth but I haven't been able to find a match.

Moved from Clothes Moths.

This is something in Dryadaula (Tineidae). I can't sight ID it because there are look-alike spp. that are, however, very different on male genitalia.

Thanks, Terry! Visually, t
Thanks, Terry!

Visually, the closest match on MPG and BOLD is 307 Dryadaula visaliella.

BOLD Caution
The original description here does not appear to match yours very well but there seems to be a lot of variation within species of this genus. The species page at BOLD for Dryadaula visaliella is not reliable as it contains three groups (BINs) which appear to be genetically too distant to be the same species: BOLD:ACA7671, and BOLD:AAV6730, and BOLD:AAV6731. They are not even each other's closest neighbors.

For what it's worth, I think sample ID CNCLEP00121736, which is in BOLD:ACA7671, matches the description best.

Yes, it does look like that species; the only problem is that there is an undescribed species that I can't differentiate from D. visaliella on sight (although the two are massively different on male genitalia), and the majority of specimens that I have dissected from the central USA have been the undescribed one.

Nothing on MPG... different family?

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