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47a0045 – 2648   Tebenna onustana (Walker, 1864)

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Distribution: New England and the Maritime Provinces to MI, OH and PA; Pacific Northwest; Rockies. The population from western NA may represent a separate species or subspecies. There are no records from the Great Plains and the sole sequenced western specimens is well separated by DNA barcode.
Type locality (onustana): Nova Scotia.
Type locality (ohiensis Zeller): Ohio
Field Marks:
A member of the onustana species-group. See Heppner (2023), Lepid. Novae, 15(3-4): 154; fig. 64, 66, 69-70, 74-76, F13, M13.
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Synonymy: Simaethis onustana Walker, 1864
Choreutis var. ohiensis Zeller, 1876
Choreutis pretiosana.- Zeller, 1875:320, misid. (not Duponchel, 1842)
Choreutis ohioensis Kearfott, 1902, missp.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Heppner, J.B., 2023. Nearctic Metalmark Moths, 7. Genus Tebenna and new genus Pseudotebenna (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae: Choreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae, 15(3-4): 121-172.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Walker, F., 1864. Tineites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 30: 996.
  • Zeller, P.C., 1875. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 25: 320 (ohiensis, syn.)
Tebenna onustana
© Jason Dombroskie
Tebenna onustana
© Tom Murray
Tebenna onustana
DNA (western) © Libby & Rick Avis
Tebenna onustana
© Jason Dombroskie
Tebenna onustana
10mm – © Jim Vargo

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