Google
WWW MPG website only

Digital Guide to Moth Identification

North American Lepidoptera Genitalia Library
Gelechiidae
4207881875Xenolechia aethiops (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)
  • Xenolechia aethiops (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845) includes as a synonym 1876 Xenolechia quinquecristatella (Chambers, 1878) in Lee et al. 2009 erroneously following Heppner (2003) which makes no mention of either species. The synonymy was made by Meyrick (1925:69) without explanation. Busck (1903:785) stated that Meyrick identified USNM specimen's of quinquecristatella, det. Walsingham, as aethiops. Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist) reinstated quinquecristatella. MPG will continue to list quinquecristatella pending revision.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Busck, A., 1903. A Revision of the American Moths of the Family Gelechiidae, with Descriptions of New Species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 25(1304): 785.
  • Humphreys, H.N. & J.O. Westwood, 1845. British Moths and their Transformations, 2: 192.
  • Lee, S., R.W. Hodges, & R.L. Brown, 2009. Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico. Zootaxa, 2231: 1-39.
  • Meyrick, E., 1925. Lepidoptera Heterocera - Fam. Gelechiadae. Genera Insectorum, 184: 69.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net

Xenolechia aethiops
- James Steffen

Moth Photographers Group  at the  Mississippi Entomological Museum  at the  Mississippi State University

Send suggestions, or submit photographs to Webmaster — Moth Photographers Group

Database design and scripting support provided by Mike Boone