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33a0160 – 0594   Caloptilia belfragella (Chambers, 1875)

Greg Raterman
Distribution: Type locality: Colorado.
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Synonymy: Gracilaria belfragella Chambers, 1875
Gracilaria auriferella Frey & Boll, 1876
Gracilaria belfrageella Chambers, 1875
Taxonomic Notes: Caloptilia belfragella (Chambers, 1875) corrects the spelling of belfrageella in Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist). Chambers (1875, Canadian Entomologist Vol. 7) described this species twice as a new species under two different names, belfragella on p. 8 and belfrageella on p. 92., De Prins & De Prins (2005), World Catalogue of Insects. 6: 1-502.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1875. Tineina from Texas. The Canadian Entomologist, 7: 8 (belfragella), 92 (belfrageella).
  • De Prins, W. &J. De Prins, 2005. Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera). World Catalogue of Insects, 6: 1-502.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
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