A new, prairie-restricted species of Filatima Busck (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) from Illinois

Terry L. Harrison, May R. Berenbaum

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Filatima revisensis (Gelechiidae) is described from individuals collected as larvae feeding inside shelters constructed of silked-together leaflets of leadplant, Amorpha canescens (Fabaceae). Filatima revisensis is bivoltine; overwintering occurs in the larval stage. Because this insect is restricted to tallgrass prairie, it is likely to be of concern to conservation biologists. In the interest of naming this moth and clarifying its identity, a description is provided, and diagnoses are given to differentiate it from F ornatifimbriella, F. xanthuris, F. adamsi, and F occidua, all of which are externally similar to F. revisensis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-476
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 7 2013


  • Amorpha canescens
  • Conservation biology
  • Gelechioidea
  • Habitat-restricted species
  • Microlepidoptera
  • North America
  • Tallgrass praire
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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