Tinea apicimaculella

Dark-collared Moth
Tinea apicimaculella

MONA: 0392
POHL: 30-0144

Identification:
Head: Pale straw yellow, long haired(scaled). Palpi yellowish, brown on underside, scaled.
Antenna: Yellowish, ringed with brown. About 2/3 as along as wing.
Thorax: Dark brown, sides pale straw yellow.
Wings: Straw yellow with a few brown speckles. Center of wing has dark brown streak from base to wing tip; broken at brown discal spot. Spot above streak about mid-wing. Wing tip has series of brown spots on margin. Fringe straw yellow with broken brown line through it.
Legs: All segments brown with white tips, hind leg lighter. Long spurs.

Similar Species: Homostinea curviliniella is similar, but lacks central dark spot and has a speckled wing tip, not a definite row of black dots.

Size: 5 to 6 mm long. Wingspan 11 to 14 mm.

Habitat: Unknown

Food: Debris, fungus, rotted animal and vegetation matter.

Flight Time: July to mid-September.

Life Cycle: Unknown

Comments: Pohl (2018) listed as new for Canada from Lambton County. Essex County – photos from 2011 to 2014.

Synonyms: Chambers 1875
None

References:
The Cincinnati Quarterly Journal of Science, 1875, Vol. 2, pp. 257 to 258 by Chambers.
Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 1905, Vol. 31, pp. 47 to 48 by Dietz.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68, pg. 126, by Forbes.