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Glyphipterigidae
36a0201 – 2342.1   Glyphipterix feniseca Heppner, 1985
Distribution Data for Glyphipterix feniseca
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Distribution: USA: CA: San Francisco Bay area to Alpine Co. (Powell & Opler 2009).
Holotype: North Beach, Point Reyes Natl. Seashore, Marin Co., CA.
Description/
Field Marks:
Caution: The image by Powell below, with buff head and thorax, and forewing with basal dorsal margin white mark with recurved extension along cubitus, seems likely to be misidentified, possibly californiae. The specimens was collected from Alpine Co., CA, Jul 18. Powell & Opler (2009) specifically note swarms of feniseca from that location in July. If correct, some specimens of feniseca may be indistinguishable from californiae.
Similar Species:
  • Glyphipterix californiae (Walsingham, 1881) has a buff colored head and forewing with basal dorsal margin white mark with recurved extension along cubitus.
  • Glyphipterix sierranevadae Heppner, 1985 is best separated by genitalia.
  • Glyphipterix juncivora Heppner, 1985
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Glyphipterix feniseca Heppner, 1985
Taxonomic Notes: Glyphipterix feniseca Heppner, 1985, n. sp., Fauna and Flora Handbook #1.
References
  • Heppner, J.B., 1985. The Sedge Moths of North America (Lepidoptera: Glyphipterigidae). Fauna and Flora Handbook #1, 105; figs. 10, 96-97, 167-168, 230-231.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 11.34f; p. 109. Book Review and ordering
Glyphipterix feniseca
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