Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Scardiella approximatella Dietz, 1905

Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Scardiinae
Identification: Head: Dark yellowish, long haired (scaled). Palpi long, folded; pale yellow, brown and tufted on underside. Antenna: About half as long as wing, slender. Ringed brown and yellow. Thorax: Pale yellow, sides brownish. Wings: Slightly rounded, almost squarish at tips. Dark brown with pale lace-like yellowish marks. Inner margin edge pale yellowish with three triangles – 1 at base, one just before mid-wing and 1 at anal angle. Transverse, wide dark brown stripe extends to costal margin at mid-wing. Costal margin has long yellowish patch along base. Outer half of the wing is variable in amount of pale yellowish lace-like marks. Fringe checkered, short; double brown interrupted line through fringe. Hindwings wide, pale gray; one or two costal dots; fringe same color with brown double line through. Legs: All segments brown with yellowish tips. Long spurs. Abdomen: Yellowish-brown.
Wing Span: 1.3-1.7 cm
Life History:
Flight: May to August
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Range: U.S. east of Mississippi; Ontario to east coast.
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Comments: NULL