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580029.10 – 2652.01   Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber, 1902)
             Banyan leaf skeletonizer

James Bailey
Distribution: USA: CA (southern), FL.
Type locality (emplecta Turner, 1942): Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Type locality (sexfasciella Sauber, 1902): Philippines.
Type locality (fulminea): "Ceylon, Trincomali".
Larva and
Host Plants:
See Ghonem et al. (2020).
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Synonymy: Choreutidia sexfasciella (Sauber, 1902)
Simaethis emplecta Turner, 1942
Simaethis fulminea Meyrick, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber, 1902) is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico with multiple reports from southern California. Originally reported as Choreutis emplecta, the names were synonymized in Heppner (2023). Although emplecta was transferred to Anthophila in Bippus (2020), Heppner retained sexfasciella in the genus Choreutis without explanation or reference to Bippus (2020). Also reported from Florida in Hayden et al. (2022).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) (C. emplecta) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Bippus, M., 2020. Records of Lepidoptera from the Malagasy region with description of new species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae, Noctuidae, Alucitidae, Choreutidae, Euteliidae, Gelechiidae, Blastobasidae, Pterophoridae, Tonzidae, Tineidae, Praydidae, Cosmopterigidae, Batrachedridae). Phelsuma, 28: 60-100.
  • Ghonem, A., H. Ramadan, Y.G. El-Abed, D.A. Elsakhawy, 2020. New record of Oriental Metalmark Moth Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber) (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae: Choreutinae) in Egypt. Alexandria Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 65(6): 379-383.
  • Hayden, J. E., J. B. Heppner & M. R. Moore, 2022. Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber), a choreutid moth, a new Florida state record. Tri-ology, 61(4): 8.
  • Heppner, J.B., 2023. Choreutis sexfasciella introductions in southern California and Florida (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae: Choreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae, 16: 49-54.
  • Meyrick, E., 1912. Exotic Microlepidoptera, 1: 48. (fulminea)
  • Sauber, 1902. In Semper, G. (ed.), Die nachtfalter. Heterocera. Sechste lieferung. Die schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln. Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen lepidopteren-fauna, 2: 702. (sexfasciella)
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at iNaturalist (C. emplecta)
  • Species Page at iNaturalist (C. sexfasciella)
  • Turner, A.J., 1942. Fragmenta lepidopterologica. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 53: 93.
Choreutis sexfasciella
Carl Hanson
Choreutis sexfasciella
LG - Australia – CSIRO/BIO Photo. Grp.,CBG

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