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59a1467 – 1129   Elachista illectella (Clemens, 1860)

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Synonymy: Cosmiotes illectella Clemens, 1860
Elachista albapalpella Chambers, 1881
Elachista cristatella Chambers, 1876
Elachista praematurella Clemens, 1860
Taxonomic Notes: Elachista illectella (Clemens, 1860), n. comb., was previously in the genus Cosmiotes, Kaila (1999), Systematic Entomology 24: 139-169.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Braun, A.F., 1948. Elachistidae of North America (Microlepidoptera). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 13: 91.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Kaila, L., 1999. A revision of the Nearctic species of the genus Elachista s. l. III. The bifasciella, praelineata, saccharella and freyerella groups (Lepidoptera, Elachistidae). Acta Zoologica Fennica, 211: 1-235.
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