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33a0116 – 0653   Parectopa lespedezaefoliella Clemens, 1860

Reared - Charley Eiseman
Larva and
Host Plants:
Miner of Lespedeza violacea and possibly Desmodium spp. .
Field Marks:
"Head and face white. Labial palpi, second joint dark fuscous, the third white. Antennae dark grayish fuscous. Thorax blackish brown. Fore wings blackish brown, with three silvery white spots along the inner margin, one almost at the base of the wing, one at the apical third, and the other intermediate between them. On the costa are two silvery white spots, the first a little exterior to the second dorsal ; the second costal opposite the third dorsal. Along the hinder margin is a black hinder marginal line, or two decided converging black streaks, one from the costa and the other from the inner margin, meeting at the tip where there is a small silvery white spot. The cilia along the hinder margin are silvery white tipped with blackish, and along the inner margin dark gray. Hind wings dark fuscous, cilia the same." - Clemens, 1860.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Parectopa lespedezaefoliella Clemens, 1860
Parectopa lespedezifoliella Meyrick, 1912
Gracilaria mirabilis Frey & Boll, 1873
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Clemens, B., 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 12: 210.
  • Meyrick, E., 1912. Adelidae, Micropterygidae, Gracilariadae. Lepidopterorum Catalogus , 6: 48.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths

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