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300169.1 – 0418.1   Monopis longella (Walker, 1863)

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Distribution: Introduced from Asia, this species has spread throughout eastern US and Canada.
Type locality (longella): North Hindostan, India.
Type locality (pavlovskii): former USSR.
and Size:
Animal hair and feathers, usually live in bird nests, Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 63(1): 10.
Genitalia: See Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 63(1): fig. 3c-d.
Similar Species:
  • 0418 Monopis monachella lacks a dark stain within large white patch on costal margin of forewing.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: • Tinea longella Walker, 1863
• Monopis pavlovskii Zagulajev, 1955
• Monopis pseudagyrta Meyrick, 1919
Taxonomic Notes: Monopis longella (Walker, 1863), previously treated as a synonym of 0418 Monopis monachella (Hübner, 1796) in Meyrick (1894) and Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist), is now recognized as a full species and includes as a new synonym 0418.1 Monopis pavlovskii Zagulajev, 1955 in Huang et al. (2011), Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 63(1): 6.
  • 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)
  • Huang, G.H., L.S. Chen, T. Hirowatari, Y. Nasu, M. Wang, 2011. A revision of the Monopis monachella species complex (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) from China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 63(1): 1-14.
  • Meyrick, E., 1894. On a collection of Lepidoptera from Upper Burma. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1894 27.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Walker, F., 1863. Tortricites and Tineites. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum, 28: 479.
  • Zagulajev, 1955. Genus Monopis Hb. (Lepidoptera, Tineidae) and its new species. Trudy Zoologicheskogo Instituta Akademiia nauk USSR, 21: 282.
Monopis longella
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Monopis longella
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Monopis longella
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Monopis longella
© Jean-François Landry
Monopis longella
14mm - LG – © Jim Vargo
Monopis longella
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