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47a0033 – 2649   Pseudotebenna carduiella (Kearfott, 1902)

Bob Patterson
Distribution: MD south to FL and west to TX.
Type locality (carduiella): Anglesea, [Cape May Co.], New Jersey.
Type locality (busckiella): Hastings, [St. Johns Co.], Florida.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Thistle: Cirsium horridulum, C. nuttallii, C. spinisissimum.
Field Marks:
See Heppner (2023), Lepid. Novae, 15(3-4): 123; fig. 2-8, F1, M1.
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Synonymy: Choreutis carduiella Kearfott, 1902
Choreutis busckiella Kearfott, 1902
Choreutis carduella Meyrick, 1913
Taxonomic Notes: Pseudotebenna carduiella (Kearfott, 1902), n. comb. (Heppner 2023), was formerly in the genus Tebenna.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Heppner, J.B., 2023. Nearctic Metalmark Moths, 7. Genus Tebenna and new genus Pseudotebenna (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae: Choreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae, 15(3-4): 121-172.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Pseudotebenna carduiella
Carol Wolf
Pseudotebenna carduiella
Carol Wolf
Pseudotebenna carduiella
- Lectotype - LG – Jadranka Rota
Pseudotebenna carduiella
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