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Moth IMG_4725 - Euhyponomeutoides gracilariella

Moth IMG_4725 - Euhyponomeutoides gracilariella
Merepoint, Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
August 22, 2012
Euhyponomeutoides sp.? Sorry about all the dew.

Moved to Euhyponomeutoides gracilariella
Moved from Yponomeutoidea.

Tentative ID. Matches Landry BOLD sample ID: CNCLEP00027212. That speciemen is from North Carolina. It is in BOLD:AAI5130 and is nested in the taxon tree between examples from the north west.

Possibly undescribed
This may be undescribed. It is out of range and far from the type locality, Kaslo, BC. I think that BOLD:ACD3350, a BIN with specimens identified as gracilariella from the Northwest, may be true gracilariella. BOLD:AAI5130 is near BOLD:ACD3350 and could itself represent two good species given that specimens within are separated both geographically and by DNA barcode. But this is all speculation. Until we get clarity on this group, I think we should go with Landry's ID at least for now.

Might this be another Euhyponomeutoides?

The head looks different to me, more like Ypsolopha or Argyresthia. I did a quick browse and found a possibility that I'll post on the submission page.

It looks like a good match for Euhyponomeutoides ribesiella
The only problem is it's a European species.

Euhyponomeutoides ribesiella along with gracilariella is described by Busck as a new species in 1904, references here. The type is from British Columbia. I don't understand because it was previously described in 1900 by Joannis, here, as a new species. They both feed on Ribes so maybe it's two differnt species that got the same name by luck.

BOLD:ACC2642 contains samples from across Canada from New Brunswick to Alberta. This BIN is Euhyponomeutoides ribesiella's nearest neighbor at a little over 3% vs gracilariella at a little over 5%. Unfortunately, there are no useful images. At 3%, it probably is a distinct species. The match for the Landry image of gracilariella, CNCLEP00027212, looks better than than for ribesiella so I guess I'll leave it there for now.

Maybe BOLD:ACC2642 is what Busck was calling ribesiella. He mentions that ribesiella may be a variety of gracilariella which also feeds on Ribes.

Edit - Euhyponomeutoides ribesiella (Joannis, 1900), is a different species from Europe. Note second "i" in spelling. Zelleria ribesella Busck, 1904 was synonymized with Euhyponomeutoides ribesiella.


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