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36a0102 – 2474   Argyresthia pygmaeella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

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Genitalia: See British Lepidoptera.
Similar Species:
  • Argyresthia chalcochrysa
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tinea pygmaeella [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775
Argyresthia alpina Müller-Rutz, 1920
Argyresthia capilella Strand, 1901
Argyresthia hyperboreella Strand, 1920
Tinea rudolphella Esper, 1791
Tinea semifasciella Haworth, 1828
Taxonomic Notes: Argyresthia pygmaeella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) is a poorly studied species. North American specimens may refer to 2447 Argyresthia chalcochrysa Meyrick, 1913. DNA barcode separates Nearctic specimens of pygmaeella, BIN BOLD:AAA6669, from Eurasian, BIN BOLD:ADD9964, by nearly 2%. One of the specimens in AAA6669 is identified as chalcochrysa.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:ADD9964 - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Busck, A., 1907. Revision of the American moths of the genus Argyresthia. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 32(1506): 5-24. (key to Argyresthia)
  • Species Page at British Lepidoptera by Chris Lewis
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
Argyresthia pygmaeella
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