Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Chionodes praeclarella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)

Family: Gelechiidae
Subfamily: Gelechiinae
Identification: The forewings are light brown, with a strong purplish sheen, especially towards the apex. The exterior edge of the cell and the apical veins are roughly indicated by ill-defined, purplish-black longitudinal lines, more or less confluent towards the apex. The hindwings are light fuscous.
Wing Span: 1.8-2.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: May to August
Caterpillar Hosts: The larvae have been recorded feeding on Polygonaceae species.
Adult Food:
Habitat: In theEast and rairie system it is a low-elevation species; but in the mounains it usually occurs at elevations above 1,870 m and as high as 3,900 m.
Range: Labrador, south to New Jersey, west to British Columbia and Oregon, south to Iowa and Nebraska, and in the mountains to New Mxico and Arizona.
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