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59a1732.6 – 1070   Stathmopoda elyella (Busck, 1909)

Lyn Atherton
Distribution: Type locality: East River, CT.
Similar Species:
  • Florida population: Needham (1947) found elyella in southern Florida which were examined and identified by Braun. However, they were found feeding on Acrostichum aureum, a fern with a northern range restricted to southern Florida bringing into question the true identity of elyella of the Florida population. (based on comments by Terry Harrison, in lit. 13 June, 2018)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Erineda elyella Busck, 1909
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at
Stathmopoda elyella
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