Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Vitula edmandsii (Packard, 1864)
Nephopteryx [sic] edmandsii Packard, 1864
Vitula dentosella Ragonot, 1887
Vitula edmandsae Heinrich, 1956 emendation
: Distinctive blue-grey FW ground color, with a slight rosy suffusion with blackish markings. (1)
Vitula edmandsii edmandsii -dried fruit moth (Europe, eastern North America)
Larvae are larger than larvae of the Indian meal moth. From egg to adult, the elapsed time averages 88 days. In the summer, the incubation period is about 9 days, larvae develop for 69 days, and the pupal period lasts 10 days. Adults live about 9 days and lay eggs for about 6 days. Their egg production varies from 63 to 200 but averages 128. These moths pass the winter as larvae
"In western North America the driedfruit moth, Vitula serratilineella Ragonot, is a pest of stored raisins, prunes, dried apple and other dried fruit product. It is distiguished by... lighter colored forewings and nearly white (not brownish) hindwings. In eastern North America a closely related species, Vitula edmandsii (Packard), has brownish hindwings. It invades beehives but is not known to be a true pest of stored-products. Some authorities consider V. edmandsii and V. serratilineella a single species, with a western subspecies V. edmandsii serratilineella. Others retain the division between eastern and western species."
is a western species. See "Remarks" above.
Packard, A. S. 1865: The humble bees of New England and their parasites; with notices of a new species of Anthophorabia, and a new genus of Proctotrupidae. Proceedings of the Essex Institute.
; pl. 3 figs 2, 2a, 2b.
- images of DNA supported specimens (3)
- brief description (1)
pinned adult image
(Bert Gustafsson, Swedish Museum of Natural History)
common name reference
[Dried Fruit Moth] and presence in Florida (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)