Ottawa (Dunrobin), ON Canada
10:10PM EST (top left and right)
20 July 2003 9:09PM EST (bottom)
My identification of this
moth was initially based on Hodges, R.W., The Moths of North America
North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2, Gelechioidea Oecophoridae (London: E.W.
Classey, 1974). My thanks to Dr. Jean-François Landry of Agriculture
Canada, who agreed with the identification based on the actual specimen.
argenticinctella has a yellow-orange forewing, brown in the basal
area. The lines are silvery white, and the moth at rest almost looks
as if silver thread has been looped around it. There is some brown
shading in the medial area along the inner margin and also along the inner
sides of the silvery lines. In addition, there is a dark blotch at the
inner margin near the anal angle. Covell (1984) notes the
white reniform spot at the costa, clearly visible in the bottom photo above. He also indicates a wingspan ranging
from 11 to 12 mm.
Covell (1984) indicates that the larvae of Callima
argenticinctella have been reared on corn plants. Both he and
Hodges also state that larvae have been found under the bark of elm trees in
I have photographed this species in 2003, on 6 and 20 July.