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460110.00 – 6210   Hellinsia balanotes (Meyrick, 1908)
             Baccharis Borer

Carol Wolf
Distribution: Type locality: S. Florida, U.S., Titusville.
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Synonymy: Pterophorus balanotes Meyrick, 1908
Pterophorus aquila Meyrick, 1908
Taxonomic Notes: Hellinsia balanotes (Meyrick, 1908) includes as a synonym 6217 Hellinsia serenus in Gielis (2003). H. serenus is listed as a full species in Matthews (2016),, accessed May, 2017. Deborah Matthews (pers. comm. 05/26/2017) confirms that H. serenus is a full species.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Gielis, C., 2003. Pterophoroidea & Alucitoidea (Lepidoptera). World Catalogue of Insects, 4: 1-198.
  • Matthews, D.L. & C.V. Covell, 2021. Common Names Of North American Plume Moths (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News, 43(2): 123-148.
  • Matthews, D.L., 2016. Pterophoridae of North America - "Plume Moths". Online self-published. website
  • Meyrick, E., 1907. XXVII. Notes and Descriptions of Pterophoridae and Orneodidae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1907 503.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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