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Species Antaeotricha leucillana - Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth - Hodges#1014

Moth ID - Antaeotricha leucillana Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth - Antaeotricha leucillana Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth - Hodges#1014 - Antaeotricha leucillana Antaeotricha leucillana Moth - Antaeotricha leucillana Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth - Antaeotricha leucillana genitalia - Antaeotricha leucillana - male Lake Crabtree leaf tier on Betula nigra D1522 adult 2019 7 - Antaeotricha leucillana
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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Stenomatinae
Genus Antaeotricha
Species leucillana (Pale Gray Bird-dropping Moth - Hodges#1014)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Well-marked Fruitworm (larva?; Ohio State U.)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Antaeotricha leucillana (Zeller, 1854)
Cryptolechia leucillana Zeller, 1854
Cryptolechia algidella Walker, 1864
Wingspan 15-23 mm (Duckworth, 1964)
eastern US and southeastern Canada
deciduous and mixed woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Bivoltine on Block Island, RI, with a first flight mainly in May and June and a second mainly August.(1)
larvae feed on leaves of ash, basswood, birch, elm, maple, oak, poplar, willow
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
1.larva in rolled leaf shelter 2.larva 3.pupa
Duckworth 1964 mentions that for both species the thorax is white dorsally with brownish black tuft posteriorly but in A. leucillana the apical half of that tuft is brown. BOLD images do not seem to bear out this observation. I did notice, however, that most BOLD images of leucillana show an outwardly angled gray mark on the costal margin at slightly under 1/5 from base followed by an unconnected markt set in from the costal margin at slightly over 1/4 from base. In schlaegeri this coastal mark is never well defined or is absent. When present, it doesn't quite touch the costal margin and is closer to and often often joined to the following mark. If this is a valid identifying mark, then leucillana can be bigger than described as there appear to be larger examples like this in the Guide currently under schlaegeri. - Steve Nanz
See Also
Antaeotricha schlaegeri is larger but there is some overlap. Wingspan 21-30 mm. Separated by dissection.
Print References
Duckworth, W.D. 1964. North American Stenomidae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 116: 32; figs. 4, 26 (genitalia); pl. 1 fig. d
Walker, F. 1864. Tineites. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. 29: 29
Zeller, P.C. 1854. Die Depressarien und einige ihnen nahe stehende Gattungen. Linnaea entomologica : Zeitschrift herausgegeben von dem Entomologischen Vereine in Stettin. 9: 370