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51a0635 – 2861   Hedya ochroleucana (Frölich, 1828)

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Distribution: Across Canada and south through California and possibly into NewEngland and the Midwest.
Type locality (ochroleucana): Germany, Wrtemburg.
Type locality (consanguinana): California.
Type locality (contrariana): Canada. Nova Scotia.
Type locality (nimbatana): Massachusetts.
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Synonymy: Tortrix ochroleucana Frölich, 1828• Penthina consanguinana Walsingham, 1879• Penthina contrariana Walker, 1863• Antithesia nimbatana Clemens, 1860
Taxonomic Notes: Hedya ochroleucana (Frölich, 1828) was treated as extralimital (Palearctic) based on DNA evidence in Gilligan et al. (2020) with "ochroleucana" from NA referring to two separate valid biologic species. Gilligan & Brown (in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023) proposed the placeholder name "Hedya ochroleucana of authors; (not Frölich, 1828)" for the NA species with all synonyms of ochroleucana described from NA as placeholder synonyms. With valid NA synonyms available, we find it appropriate to retain the name Hedya ochroleucana (Frölich, 1828) for both populations pending further study to confirm the status of ochroleucana and those NA synonyms.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Gilligan, T.M., J.W. Brown, J, Baixeras, 2020. Immigrant Tortricidae: Holarctic versus Introduced Species in North America. Insects, 11(9), 594: 1-59.
  • Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States: p. 81.87. (out of print)
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 14.31m; p. 131. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Hedya ochroleucana
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