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Species Chionodes thoraceochrella - Hodges#2119

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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 Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Chionodes
No Taxon (obscurusella group)
No Taxon (thoraceochrella complex)
Species thoraceochrella (Chionodes thoraceochrella - Hodges#2119)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chionodes thoraceochrella (Chambers, 1872)
Gelechia thoraceochrella Chambers, 1872
Gelechia nigrimaculella Busck, 1903 (880)
Forewing length 5-7 mm. (1)
Coast to coast. In the west from Washington south to central California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Texas. (1)
Larvae are leaf tiers on oaks in the east but are reported on various trees and shrubs in other areas. (1)
One of the most common gelechids at lights. (1)
Print References
Chambers, C.T. 1872. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist 6(9): 169
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. Pl.8.45m; p.93 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.