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580029.102652.01Anthophila emplecta (Turner, 1942)

James Bailey
Distribution: Southern CA (introduced) - iNaturalist.
Type locality (emplecta Turner, 1942): Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Type locality (sexfasciella Sauber, 1902): Philippines.
Type locality (fulminea Meyrick, 1912, syn. of C. sexfasciella): "Ceylon, Trincomali".
Larva and
Host Plants:
See Ghonem et al. (2020).
Similar Species:
  • Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber, 1902)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Simaethis emplecta Turner, 1942
Taxonomic Notes: Anthophila emplecta (Turner, 1942), n. comb. (Bippus 2020), formerly in the genus Choreutis, is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico with multiple reports from southern California and specimens analyzed by Dr. Marc Epstein at CDFA who notes that Choreutis sexfasciella (Sauber, 1902), which includes a a synonym fulminea Meyrick, 1912, cannot at present be separated and may be conspecific.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Anthophila emplecta
Carl Hanson
Anthophila emplecta
LG - Australia – CSIRO/BIO Photo. Grp.,CBG

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