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300173 – 0418   Monopis monachella (Hübner, 1796)
             White-headed Monopis

© Carl Barrentine
Distribution: Type locality: Europe
Field Marks:
Head and thorax white, wings dark brown to black with large white patch on distal half of costa and some white scaling on the inner margin near the anal angle.
Genitalia: See Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 63(1): fig. 3a-b.
Similar Species:
  • 418.1 Monopis longella has 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 monachella Hübner, 1796
Alucita mediella Fabricius, 1794
Monopis monacha Zagulajev, 1972
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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