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Species Battaristis vittella - Hodges#2229

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Anacampsinae
Tribe Anacampsini
Genus Battaristis
Species vittella (Battaristis vittella - Hodges#2229)
Hodges Number
8-10 mm wingspan. Caterpillars are 4-6 mm long.
The adults have bright red eyes. The forewings are cinnamon brown and traversed by gray bands.
Widely distributed throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada
The larvae feed on the buds and cones of various pine species.
Life Cycle
The moths overwinter as larvae in a tunnel in a bud or cone. They pupate in the spring, and adults appear in May.
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Works Cited
1.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.