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460083.006181Hellinsia fieldi (Wright, 1921) – Field's Plume Moth
Distribution Data for Hellinsia fieldi
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Larva and
Host Plants:
Moria Robinson reports: Found in 5th instar on foliage of Eriodictyon californica, but it was never observed eating. Aestivated along midrib of E. californica leaves for more than 1 month, and is extremely cryptic in that position. From these observations, I believe E. californica is the host, but from a brief lit. search, I could not find E. californica host records for Hellinsia.
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Synonymy: Pterophorus fieldi Wright, 1921
Taxonomic Notes: Hellinsia fieldi (Wright, 1921) includes as a synonym 6179 Hellinsia meyricki, syn. nov. in Gielis (1993), Zool. Verh. Leiden 290: 70. H. meyricki is listed as a full species based on larval and pupal characteristics, (unpublished MS) in Matthews (2016),, accessed May, 2017.
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  • Gielis, C., 1993. Generic revision of the superfamily Pterophoroidea. Zoologische Verhandelingen, 290: 1-139.
  • Matthews, D.L., 2016. Pterophoridae of North America - "Plume Moths". Online self-published. website
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 12.34m; p. 120. Book Review and ordering
Hellinsia fieldi
CalPhotos – Jerry Powell
Hellinsia fieldi
Moria Robinson - 5th instar LG
Found on Eriodictyon californica

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