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Species Tortyra iocyaneus - Hodges#2653.1

Strange Little Butterfly (or moth?) - Tortyra iocyaneus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Choreutoidea (Metalmark Moths)
Family Choreutidae (Metalmark Moths)
Subfamily Choreutinae
Genus Tortyra
Species iocyaneus (Tortyra iocyaneus - Hodges#2653.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tortyra iocyaneus Heppner, 1991 (1)
Heppner (1991) listed 21 described species in the genus with only 2 in North America. He further states there are at least 14 known species to be described. (1)
Heppner (1991) listed the forewing length 6-7 mm. (1)
Heppner (1991) stated Tortyra iocyaneus is a "larger species than T. slossonia, with a noticeably more blue-green to violet coloration."
Heppner (1991) original description in PDF. (1)
Heppner (1991) reported the range in the United States restricted to the Florida Keys and southern Dade County; northern Bahamas. (1)
Heppner (1991) reported adults all months except November. (1)
Heppner (1991) reported the host was unknown but likely Ficus sp. (1)
See Also
Tortyra slossonia has a "red and occasionally golden iridescence of the forewing" (1)
Print References
Heppner, J.B., 1991. Tortyra metalmark moths of Florida (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 2(1). p. 75; figs. 3, 5, 5A, 7, 9.. (1)