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Species Epermenia imperialella - Hodges#2325

Epermenia imperialella Epermenia imperialella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Epermenioidea (Fringe-tufted Moths)
Family Epermeniidae (Fringe-tufted Moths)
Genus Epermenia
Species imperialella (Epermenia imperialella - Hodges#2325)
Hodges Number
2325
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epermenia imperialella Busck, 1906
Numbers
There are nine named species of the genus Epermenia in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Size
Busck (1906) reported a wingspan of 19 mm.
Pohl et al. (2005) reported the wingspan 13-18 mm. (3)
Identification
Busck (1906) original description is in the print references.
Determined by Terry Harrison.
Range
Manitoba to Iowa and Pennsylvania. (larger range is likely)
Pohl et al. (2005) reported the species in Alberta, but Pohl (2010) corrected the identification and stated Epermenia imperialella is not found west of Manitoba. (4)
Holotype collected by Henry Engel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 20-v-1904 in NMNH.
Season
The adults appear to be most common in May and June.
Food
Microleps.org mentions the larval host plant is probably members of Apiaceae.
Print References
Busck, A. 1906. New American Tineina. The Canadian Entomologist 23: 124.
Engel, H. 1908-1909. A preliminary list of the Lepidoptera of western Pennsylvania collected in the vicinity of Pittsburgh. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 5: 129.
Pohl, G.R., Bird, C.D. & J-F Landry. 2005. New records of microlepidoptera in Alberta, Canada. Journal of The Lepidopterists' Society 59: 75; fig. 11. (3)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.New records of Microlepidoptera in Alberta Canada
Gregory R. Pohl, Charles D. Bird, Jean-Francois Landry, Gary G. Anweiler. 2005. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 59(2): 61-82.
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.