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421807.001070Stathmopoda elyella Busck, 1909

Lyn Atherton
Distribution: Type locality: East River, CT.
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Synonymy: Erineda elyella Busck, 1909
Taxonomic Notes: Stathmopoda elyella: Needham published a paper on rearing S. elyella in Florida, with detailed notes on the biology.

"In point of fact, I have always had some questions as to whether or not the Florida moth really is the same species as our northern S. elyella (which was decribed from CT, and since has been collected in IL, those being the only two northern-USA localities of which I am aware). For example, Needham's rearing was from a fern that occurs only along the seacoast of the far-southeastern USA, which automatically means that the host plant of our northern populations must be a different fern (none of the northern S. elyella have been reared). At our present state of knowledge, then, the FL moth (as seen in Lyn Atherton's photos) would have to be called S. elyella." ~ Terry Harrison

Update 2021: DNA barcode does not separate elyella from ON and FL indicating that the two populations are likely the same species.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Busck, A., 1909. Notes on microlepidoptera, with descriptions of new North American species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 11(2): 95.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Needham, J.G., 1947. A moth that lives on fern spores (Lepidoptera: Heliodinidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 49: 165-166.
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