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Species Anacampsis wikeri - Hodges# 2251.1

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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 Anacampsinae
Tribe Anacampsini
Genus Anacampsis
Species wikeri (Anacampsis wikeri - Hodges# 2251.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anacampsis wikeri Harrison, 2013
Phylogenetic sequence #420495.00
Explanation of Names
Named for Illinois lepidopterist James Wiker, who discovered the species and worked out the life history.
Presently known from Illinois and Iowa; actual range probably larger.
Obligate prairie species.
Monophagous on leadplant, Amorpha canescens (Fabaceae).
Life Cycle
Univoltine, wintering as adult; mating occurs in spring; larva feeds in terminal leaflets of host, early in the season as leaves are first appearing; final-instar larva occurs mid- to late May (central Illinois); pupation and adult emergence follow straightaway, with most adults emerging around mid-June, then overwintering.

Life cycle images:
larva in leaf shelter; larva; spent pupae; adult
The larva of a tortricid, Hystrichophora taleana, occupies the same feeding mode on leadplant at the same time as A. wikeri; the tortricid larva is somewhat heavier, and has more prominent setal pinacula, than A. wikeri.
Print References
Harrison, T.L. & M.R. Berenbaum, 2013. A new, prairie-restricted species of Anacampsis Curtis (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) from Illinois. Zootaxa, 3741(1): 194-200.
Internet References