Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(Walsingham, 1897) (1)
Tildenia lycopersicella Walsingham, 1897
There are 6 named species of Keiferia
in America north of Mexico. (1)
This group is not distinguishable by wing maculation and is best determined by DNA or dissection. (2)
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (3)
Found across the southern United States and in Hawaii.(4)
Has been found in greenhouses used for tomato production in northern areas of eastern North America.
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Adults have been found year round.
Larval host is most often tomato, but eggplant and potatoes are also hosts.
Early instar larvae are leaf miners and then later bore into buds of fruit. (4)
Introduced species (1920 or earlier) and considered an economic pest of tomato production.
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Busck, A. 1939. Restriction of the genus Gelechia (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), with descriptions of new genera. (5)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. 100; pl. 10.18.(4)