Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
, 1922) (2)
Phiaris sordidana (McDunnough, 1922)
McDunnough, 1922 (3)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin sordidus meaning "dirty."
McDunnough (1922) listed a wingspan of 16 mm. (3)
Heinrich (1926) listed a wingspan of 16 mm. (2)
McDunnough, 1922) original description,
"Size and general maculation of glitranana Kft. but of a much darker appearance, due to the fact that the pale areas between the dark bands are only slightly lighter in color than the bands themselves. Basal area of primaries black, overlaid heavily with brown and ochreous scaling and interrupted by several bluish-silvery dots; median band similar in color to basal area, in shape much as in glitranana; the paler space between basal area and median band is defined by two subparallel bands of bluish-silvery spots the included area being scaled with brown, without the underlying blackish color. A triangular anal spot and broad subapical band similar in color to median band, all their edges defined by silvery scaling; remaining areas similar to antemedian band in color. A row of dark spots along costa bordered with pale ochreous and a dark terminal line. Fringes deep smoky, slightly paler below apex. Secondaries deep smoky, almost black, with pale fringes." - Note: glitranana was synonymized with galaxana which is extremely variable.
Across all of Canada and the northeastern United States. (4)
Holotype male: Coliseum Mountain 6500', Nordegg, Manitoba (J. McDunnough, July 12). (3)
Heinrich, C., 1926. Revision of the North American moths of the subfamily Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum
, 132: 173
McDunnough, J.H, 1922. Undescribed Lepidoptera in the Canadian National Collection. The Canadian Entomologist
, 54(2): 43