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59a0355 – 1472   Cosmopterix pulchrimella (Chambers, 1875)
             Beautiful Cosmopterix

© Mark Dreiling - DNA
Field Marks:
See Koster (2010)
Genitalia: See Koster (2010)
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Cosmopteryx pulchrimella Chambers, 1875
Cosmopteryx parietariae Hering, 1931
Cosmopteryx pulcherrimella Chambers, 1878
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hodges, R. W., 1978. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.1, p. 25; pl. 2.22-23. order or free PDF
  • Koster, J.C., 2010. The genera Cosmopterix Hübner and Pebobs Hodges in the New World with special attention to the Neotropical fauna (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae). Zoologische Mededelingen, 84(10): 251-575.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
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Cosmopterix pulchrimella
© David Reed [T]
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
© Mark Dreiling
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
8mm – © Jim Vargo
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
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