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Species Monochroa absconditella - Hodges#1706

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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Anomologinae
Genus Monochroa
Species absconditella (Monochroa absconditella - Hodges#1706)
Hodges Number
1706
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Monochroa absconditella (Walker, 1864)
Gelechia absconditella Walker 1864
Numbers
There are more than eleven species of the genus Monochroa in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Size
Walker (1864) listed a wingspan of about 12.7 mm. ("6 lines")
Range
Heppner (2003) listed the range to include Maryland to Florida, Illinois to Texas. (3)
Season
Heppner (2003) reported January to February; April to December. (3)
Food
Heppner (2003) reported the larvae to feed in the stems of several plants. (3)
Ampelopsis sp. (Vitaceae).
Polygonum sp. (Polygonaceae)
P. densilflorum
P. punctatum
Remarks
Monochroa absconditella is the host of the Chalcidoid wasp Eupelmus cyaniceps.
Print References
Busck, A., 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of The United States National Museum. 1304: 801. (4)
Walker, F., 1864. List of the specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 29: 595.
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico
Lee S., Hodges R.W., Brown R.L. 2009. Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.
3.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
4.A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species
August Busck. 1903. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 767-938.
5.Butterflies of North America