Pseudatemelia flavifrontella

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Pseudatemelia flavifrontella
Pseudatemelia flavifrontella.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division: Ditrysia
Family: Oecophoridae (disputed)
Subfamily: Amphisbatinae (but see text)
Genus: Pseudatemelia
Species: P. flavifrontella
Binomial name
Pseudatemelia flavifrontella
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) [1]
Synonyms
  • Borkhausenia flavifrontella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Tinea flavifrontella Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Tubuliferola flavifrontella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Pseudatemelia flavifrontella is a species of gelechioid moths.

Taxonomy[edit]

In the systematic layout used here, it is placed within the subfamily Amphisbatinae of the concealer moth family (Oecophoridae). The Amphisbatinae have alternatively been merged into the Oecophorinae, raised to full family rank, or placed as a subgroup of the Depressariinae (or Depressariidae if ranked as family). P. flavifrontella was first scientifically described by M. Denis & I. Schiffermüller in 1775. For quite some time however, its description was erroneously attributed to J. Hübner in 1801.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species can be found in Europe, where it inhabits woodlands, and in the Near East.[3] At the periphery of its range, it is not common; in the UK for example it is only patchily distributed, ranging northwestwards only to the English Midlands and Wales.

Description[edit]

Pseudatemelia cf. flavifrontella

The wingspan of this moth is about 20 mm; its forewing coloration is a quite drab light taupe, mottled with slightly darker tiny specks. The head is covered in orange-yellow hairs.[4] Antennae reach about ¾ length of the long forewings, that are held in shallow roof-shaped position.[5] Dorsal surface of the abdomen has very narrow scales.[6]

Biology[edit]

The adults fly from May to July depending on the location; they appear to be predominantly or exclusively nocturnal and can be attracted by light. Caterpillars stay in a portable case.[6] Little is known about the food of its caterpillars. Like their relatives, they appear to be adaptable and have been recorded on such diverse foodstuffs as dead plants, dry leaves, dried insect specimens and even feathers.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biolib
  2. ^ Grabe (1942), Pitkin & Jenkins (2004), FE (2009), Kimber [2010], and see references in Savela (2001)
  3. ^ Fauna europaea
  4. ^ Kimber [2010]
  5. ^ Identification of micro-moth families
  6. ^ a b British Lepidoptera
  7. ^ Grabe (1942), Kimber [2010]