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59a0362 – 1480   Cosmopterix delicatella (Walsingham, 1889)
Distribution Data for Cosmopterix delicatella
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Distribution: Known with certainty only from the type locality. Hodges (1978) gave the range as MA to Fl and west to MS, but Koster (2010) indicates that all records are suspect with the exception of two specimens of the type-series.
Type locality: North Carolina.
Field Marks:
See Koster (2010)
Genitalia: See Koster (2010)
Similar Species:
  • Cosmopterix callichalca (Meyrick, 1922) - dissection required.
  • Cosmopterix dapifera Hodges, 1962 - dissection required.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Cosmopteryx delicatella Walsingham, 1889
  • 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. 29; pl. 2.35-36. 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
  • Walsingham, L.T.d.G., 1889. Steps towards a revision of Chambers's index, with notes and descriptions of new species. Insect Life. U.S. Department Agriculture, 1(9): 290.
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