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23a0002 – 0167   Tischeria ceanothi Walsingham, 1890
Distribution Data for Tischeria ceanothi
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Distribution: Type locality: California.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Leaf miner of Ceanothus spp.
Field Marks:
Forewings gray, irregularly irrorate; scales of scape not long; expanse 6-7 mm (Braun 1972).
Similar Species:
  • Tischeria immaculata Braun, 1915 lacks the "faint brownish tinge of the fore wings" (Braun 1972).
  • Tischeria ambigua Braun, 1915
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tischeria ceanothi Walsingham, 1890
Taxonomic Notes: Tischeria ceanothi Walsingham, 1890 previously included as a synonym Tischeria immaculata Braun, 1915 (revived status in van Nieukerken & Eiseman in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) (2023)). Caution: mapping data and possibly the image below MPG may refer to immaculata.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Braun, A.F., 1972. Tischeriidae of America north of Mexico (Microlepidoptera). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 28: 97; figs. 12, 57, 57a, 98, 98a, 144.
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 1.22m; p. 44. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Walsingham, L.T.d.G., 1890. Steps towards a revision of Chambers' index, with notes and descriptions of new species. Insect Life. U.S. Department Agriculture, 2(10): 325.
Tischeria ceanothi
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