Carectocultus dominicki  

Lesser-photographed North American Moth Species

From the R. B. Dominick Collection at The University of South Carolina

 

The Richard B. Dominick moth and butterfly collection is remarkable for two features: (a) virtually all specimens (25,215 moths and 1,758 butterflies) were collected within the confines of a single 1,400 acre property and (b) Dr. Dominick prepared the specimens such that they are nearly perfect. (For details concerning the Wedge Plantation and Dr. Dominick's passionate studies of the Lepidoptera, click HERE.)

Many of North America's most eminent lepidopterists visited the plantation and studied the collection. A number of quite rare species were found on the property. Thus, the collection remains an extremely valuable resource.

Although much progress is being made toward providing good photos of North American moths on the World-Wide Web (click HERE for one such resource), some species' photos are yet to be posted. With this in mind, I visited the Dominick collection (currently housed within the Department of Biology of The University of South Carolina) to fill in some of these blanks or to add a photograph.

I am grateful to Dr. Richard Vogt for providing access to the collection.

                                                                                                                 John Snyder
                                                                                                                 Dept. of Biology, Furman University

To view any of the species listed below, click on its name.

Family Tineidae

Nemapogon acapnopennella
Nemapogon rileyi
Homostinea curviliniella
Cephitinea obscurostrigella
Amidria arizonella
Acrolophus forbesi
Niditinea spretella

Family Psychidae

Prochalia pygmaea

Family Lyonetiidae

Bucculatrix needhami

Family Gracillariidae

Caloptilia paradoxa

Family Oecophoridae

Eupragia hospita
Menesta melanella
Martyringa ravicapitis

Family Blastobasidae

Glyphidocera meyrickella

Family Momphidae

Mompha passerella

Family Cosmopterigidae

Cosmopterix nitens
Cosmopterix sinelinea
Cosmopterix magophila
Cosmopterix lespedezae
Cosmopterix abdita
Cosmopterix gemmiferella
Cosmopterix bacata
Cosmopterix floridanella
Melanocinclis lineigera
Pyroderces badia
Nepotula secura

Family Gelechiidae

Aristotelia robusta
Trypanisma prudens
Brachmia chambersella

Family Sesiidae

Vitacea scepsiformis
Synanthedon rubrofascia
Synanthedon arkansasensis

Family Tortricidae

Sonia constrictana
Epinotia rectiplicana
Epinotia arctostaphylana
Argyrotaenia floridana
Argyrotaenia kimballi
Choristoneura zapulata
Archips magnoliana
Sparganothis tristriata
Sparganothis taracana
Sparganothis distincta
Sparganothis diluticostana
Platynota rostrana
Coelostathma discopunctata

Family Cochylidae

Carolella sartana

Family Crambidae

Chrysendeton kimballi
Pyrausta pseuderosnealis
Pylemia periusalis
Blepharomastix ranalis
Diaphania indica
Palpita kimballi
Palpita illibalis
Framinghamia helvalis
Pleuroptya fluctuosalis
Carectocultus dominicki
Mesolia incertella
Crambus multilinellus
Fissicrambus profanellus
Argyria nummulalis
Epina alleni
Chilo erianthalis

Family Pyralidae

Parachma tarachodes
Macrotheca unipuncta
Nephopterix rubrisparsella
Homoeosoma stypticellum

Family Geometridae

Anacamptodes cypressaria
Metarranthis refractaria
Euphyia implicata

Family Notodontidae

Datana robusta
Datana ranaceps

Family Noctuidae

Acronicta hastulifera
Papaipema sullivani

Bellura brehmei
Acrapex relicta