Supriya Ghosh

Hellinsia agraphodactylus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Pterophoridae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Hellinsia
Hellinsia agraphodactylus

Hellinsia agraphodactylus is a moth of the Pterophoridae family. It is found in the Dominican Republic. Records from North America are probably a misidentification.

The wingspan is about 25 mm. The head is whitish in front, touched with brownish ochreous towards the thorax and in front. The antennae are whitish, but browner beneath. The thorax is yellowish white. The forewings are remarkably narrow, dirty white, with a faint yellowish tinge and streaked longitudinally with faint slender lines of brownish grey. There are two slender brownish-grey lines on the dorsal half of the wing, the upper one, coming from the base, passing below the cleft, where it throws off a branch beneath and running along the upper edge of the second lobe to its apex. The lower also comes from the base, and attains the dorsal margin below the base of the cleft. The costa is pale and the cilia is tinged with grey. The hindwings and fringes are pale cinereous (ash-grey). The abdomen and legs are slightly yellowish white. The underside is uniformly pale cinereous, except the costa and the fringes of the anterior lobe within the fissure which are whitish. Adults are on wing in March.

References

Hellinsia agraphodactylus Wikipedia


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