Tineidae new species
Proposed new name
Identification: No name; never been described.
Head: Entirely white. Whiskers (palpi) thin, white and short. Very short tuft of hair on top of head, hardly noticeable.
Antenna: White, thin, almost as long as wing.
Thorax: White, somewhat shiny.
Wings: Base of forewings shiny white, rounded and narrowing to an extended stripe down costal (outer) edge to about mid-wing. Rest of wings medium brown, dusted with white flecks. A white shiny patch at anal angle. Another obscurely shaped shiny white patch at reniform spot. Wing tip has a small creamy white patch with a round black spot. Long lighter brown fringe with slightly darker tips.
Legs: White; hind thighs (femur) darker.
Size: About 10 to 12 mm long.
Habitat: Unknown – probably deciduous forests.
Food: Unknown – probably fungus.
Flight Time: Always in June and July for every state listed.
Life Cycle: One generation per year.
Comments: Not recorded for Canada or Ontario (Pohl 2018). Wheatley July 15, 2012.
Recorded in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Nebraska and Oklahoma. According to Bob Patterson (2010 BugGuide) they have been known to science since the 1980’s. Entomologists couldn’t make up their minds if they should be slotted into Tineidae or Yponomeutidae. BOLD (no date) DNA’d them to Tineidae: Nemapogoninae in French Guiana, South America.
*Since the pseudoscientific community can’t be bothered, I propose a name for this phantom moth, Ignorantia biento = ignored by entomologists.
Please take into account a very dry, sarcastic British (inherited) sense of humour.