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59a0512 – 2284   Dichomeris acuminatus (Staudinger, 1876)
             Alfalfa Leaftier

© Mark Dreiling - CA
Distribution: Florida (Hodges, 1986), southern California (BOLD), Arizona (Barman et al. 2021).
Type locality: Valdesi, near Palermo, Sicily.
Similar Species:
  • 2284.1 Dichomeris nenia has a row of gray scales above the eyes, not orange as in acuminata.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Mesophleps acuminatus Staudinger, 1876
Ypsolophus ammoxanthus Meyrick, 1904
Hypsolophus ianthes Meyrick, 1887
Ypsolophus lotellus Constant, 1893
Ypsolophus ochrophanes Meyrick, 1907
Ypsolophus rusticus Walsingham, 1892
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barman, A., J. Palumbo, M. Rethwisch, 2021. Alfalfa Leaftier Found for the First Time in Low Desert Alfalfa Fields. Alfalfa & Forage News, website
  • Hodges, R. W., 1986. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.1, p. 38; pl. 4.1. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Staudinger, O., 1876. Beiträge zur Lepidopteren- Fauna Sicilien's. Entomologische Zeitung, 37: 148.
Dichomeris acuminatus
© Mark Dreiling - CA
Dichomeris acuminatus
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