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Mompha murtfeldtella Members of the genus Mompha are leaf, floral, and fruit miners specializing in plants from the Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae) and the Loosestrife Family (Lythraceae). Mompha murtfeldtella feeds on Oenothera spp.<br />
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Mompha murtfeldtella

Members of the genus Mompha are leaf, floral, and fruit miners specializing in plants from the Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae) and the Loosestrife Family (Lythraceae). Mompha murtfeldtella feeds on Oenothera spp.
http://www.microleps.org/Guide/Momphidae/index.html

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  1. The scientific name is so unique, yet silly. Posted 7 months ago
    1. Probably in honor of someone named Murt Feldtella. Posted 7 months ago
      1. That is very common sensical. Here I was wondering what on Earth is a "murtfeldtella". ;P Posted 7 months ago
        1. I looked up "murtfeldt" and it is a surname. The "ella" is Latin and used to make the noun feminine. Don't know about "Mompha" yet. Oddly, an obsolete name for this species is Laverna grissella (Roman goddess of thieves, cheats and the underworld plus a German word for gray battle). Posted 7 months ago
          1. I love weird scientific names and discovering their origins. Fascinating, amusing, and often stuff. Have you seen Ferdy's list?

            Posted 7 months ago
            1. Added :) Posted 6 months ago

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''Mompha murtfeldtella'' is a moth in the Momphidae family. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from Alabama,
California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The wingspan is about 10 millimetres . Adults are similar to ''Mompha circumscriptella'', but the white patch on the posterior margin of the basal half of the forewing is much less extensive.. more

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Uploaded Jul 23, 2019. Captured Jul 22, 2019 22:39 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm