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Species Mesophleps adustipennis - Soybean Webworm Moth - Hodges#2272

Brachyacma palpigera - Mesophleps adustipennis Brachyacma palpigera - Mesophleps adustipennis Mesophleps adustipennis unknown - Mesophleps adustipennis Brachyacma palpigera - Mesophleps adustipennis Soybean Webworm Moth - Hodges #2272 - Mesophleps adustipennis Mesophleps adustipennis Mesophleps adustipennis - Soybean Webworm Moth - Mesophleps adustipennis
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Classification
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 Mesophleps
Species adustipennis (Soybean Webworm Moth - Hodges#2272)
Hodges Number
2272
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mesophleps adustipennis (Walsingham, 1897) (in Landry & Roque-Albelo, 2010)
Lathontogenus adustipennis Walsingham, 1897 (1)
Lipatia crotalariella Busck, 1910, described from Trinidad, is a junior synonym of Mesophleps adustipennis (Walsingham, 1897)
Mesophleps palpigera (Walsingham, 1891) (Gelechia; long placed in Brachyacma) is African
Brachyacma epichorda Turner, 1919 is a junior synonym of Mesophleps epiochra (Meyrick, 1886) (Brachyacma), which is Asian and Australian
Mesophleps ioloncha (Meyrick, 1905) (Paraspistes) is Asian
Phylogenetic sequence #420500
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "scorched wings."
Size
Landry & Roque-Albelo (2010) report the forewing as length 4.4-8.1 mm.
Identification
From Wikipedia: "The forewings are greyish white to yellowish brown, the distal three-fifths of the costa lined with a dark brown stripe, interrupted by an oblique pale line running from the distal fifth towards the termen."
Range
M. adustipennis is known only from the New World, from the southern USA south into Brazil, and from the Caribbean. Li and Sattler(2), p. 28, state that "it is not clear whether it really is an element of the native American fauna or an Old World introduction. It could have been inadvertently carried to the New World from India or Africa with some agricultural plant such as pigeon pea or Crotalaria. However, we have not been able to identify clear Old World adustipennis."
Food
Landry & Roque-Albelo (2010) report the larvae have been reared from the fruits of white leadtree (Leucaena leucocephala) and mesquite (Prospus).
Print References
Landry, B. & Roque-Albelo, L. 2010. The Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, a taxonomic revision. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 117(4): 739
Walsingham, Lord. 1897. Revision of the West-Indian microlepidoptera: with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 88. (1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the West-Indian micro-lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species.
Lord Walsingham. 1897. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 54-183.
2.A taxonomic revision of the genus Mesophleps Hübner, 1825 (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Li, H., and K. Sattler. 2012. Zootaxa 3373: 1-82.