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Species Exoteleia dodecella - Pine Bud Moth - Hodges#1837

Gelechiidae - Exoteleia dodecella Exoteleia dodecella  - Exoteleia dodecella - male Exoteleia dodecella Exoteleia dodecella Pine Bud Moth - Exoteleia dodecella
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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 Litini
Genus Exoteleia
Species dodecella (Pine Bud Moth - Hodges#1837)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Exoteleia dodecella Linnaeus, 1758
Introduced to the north east and to the Vancouver area of British Columbia.
Scotch and mugho pines are preferred but will attack eastern white, red, jack, and Austrian(1)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on current-year and 1-year-old shoots in late July or early August. The larvae feed on the needles during the first season; the following spring they feed on the buds.(1)
Overwinter as a 3rd instar in mined needles.(1)
Introduced from Europe.
Higher densities of these moths can be found on conifer trees growing in close proximity to pulp mills where SO2 (sulfure dioxide) is prevalent.(2)
Print References
Adamski, D., Landry, J.-F., et al, 2010. History, Distribution, and Identification Of Exoteleia dodecella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in North America, With Insights into the Systematics of Exoteleia Wallengren using Characters of the Adult, Immatures, Bionomics, and DNA Barcodes. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 112(2): 183-206
Internet References
Images and Info at Moth Photographers Group
Images and Info at Barcoding Life
Works Cited
1.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
2.Insect Ecology: Behavior, Populations and Communities
P. W. Price, R. F. Denno, M. D. Eubanks. 2011. Cambridge University Press.