Stathmopoda elyella

421807.00 — 1070 — Stathmopoda elyella Busck, 1909

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Thelypteris palustris

Thelypteris palustris


Needham (1947) reported rearing this species in FL from coastal leather fern (Acrostichum aureum), which is restricted to the southeast US. Thus, the host of this species in the northern US and southern Canada, where it is presently known only from a handful of locations, must be a different species. This species is presumed to feed on marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris) on Block Island, on which old feeding evidence has been found in late September, though the species has not yet been reared.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Busck, A., 1909. Notes on microlepidoptera, with descriptions of new North American species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 11(2): 95.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Needham, J.G., 1947. A moth that lives on fern spores (Lepidoptera: Heliodinidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 49: 165-166.
  • Species Page at BugGuide
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