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59a1765 – 1160   Blastobasis floridella (Dietz, 1910)

[T] - Peter Homann
Distribution: Possibly restricted to southeastern US.
Type locality: Crescent City, FL.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Male cones of Zamia integrifolia.
Field Marks:
See Dietze (1910). Identifications at BOLD are based on CNCLEP00025516 in BIN group BOLD:AAB1097, which was dissected and tentatively identified by David Adamski. However, it was not reared and it does not match the lectotype (below) or the original description and illustration. David Adamski (pers. comm., 2024) has implied that without host, identification is uncertain. BOLD:AAB1097 might refer to Blastobasis pulchella or something near it. The specimens match the description and DNA barcode places it as the nearest BIN group to CNCLEP00105947, a paratype of pulchella.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Valentinia floridella Dietz, 1910
  • Adamski, D. & R. W. Hodges, 1996. An annotated list of North American Blastobasinae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Coleophoridae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 98(4): 719.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAB1097 (possibly misidentified pulchella) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Dietze, W.G., 1910. Revision of the Blastobasidae of North America. . Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 36: 17; pl. 1; fig. 10.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • U.S. National Entomological Collection (USNM) - Lectotype ♂
Blastobasis floridella
- Lectotype - LG – U.S. Nat'l. Museum

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