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Species Adela punctiferella - Hodges#219

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Adelidae (Fairy Moths)
Subfamily Adelinae
Genus Adela
Species punctiferella (Adela punctiferella - Hodges#219)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Adela punctiferella Walsingham 1890 (Original description here)
Forewing length: 3.8-4.6mm(1)
"Semi-arid part of California and southern Nevada; east side of the Coast Ranges from Colusa County southward; southern end of the Sierra Nevada, the desert ranges east of the Sierra Nevada into Nye County, both cis- and transmontane sides of the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges to Riverside County."(2)
From the range descriptions given in Powell(1967)(2), this appears to be the only species of Adela present in transmontane desert areas of southern California.
"Beginning of March to April at lower elevations, to mid-May in the interior mountains."(2)
Host plants for larvae are various species of Gilia (Polemoniaceae). Species G. tricolor and G. scopularum are cited in the literature(1)...a BugGuide post shows individuals on G. latiflora.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.A Synopsis of Nearctic Adelid Moths, with Descriptions of New Species (Incurvariidae)
Jerry A. Powell. 1969. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23(4): 211-240.