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Species Keiferia georgei - Hodges#2048.1

Gelechiidae larva on Ground Cherry - Keiferia georgei - male Gelechiidae larva on Ground Cherry - Keiferia georgei - male Gelechiidae cocoon on Ground Cherry - Keiferia georgei - male Gelechiidae, lateral  - Keiferia georgei - male Gelechiidae, wings - Keiferia georgei - male
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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 Gelechiinae
Tribe Gnorimoschemini
Genus Keiferia
Species georgei (Keiferia georgei - Hodges#2048.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Originally described in the genus Tildenia.
Forewing length 3.3 to 4.7mm.
Examination of genital morphology is necessary for accurate determination, because of the substantial number of other gnorimoschemine spp. that are externally indistinguishable from K. georgei.
Midwestern USA; known from Illinois and Minnesota, but possibly extending to wherever the larval host plant occurs.
As for the larval host plant; mainly open areas.
The original series was reared from larvae collected in central Illinois in mid-August, with adults emerging in September. Larvae have been found in Minnesota in early July, with moths emerging in late July/early August.
The larva is a leaf miner on Physalis heterophylla (Solanaceae).
One of a bewildering array of gnorimoschemine spp., of various genera, that display a common color pattern.
Print References
Original description: Hodges, R. W. 1985. A new species of Tildenia from Illinois (Gelechiidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 39(3): 151-155.