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Genus Cahela

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Cahela
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cahela Heinrich, 1939; Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. 86 (3053) : 361
1 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 38 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult - forewing slender, brownish-gray with black longitudinal lines along veins; thickest line runs along cubital (main) vein from AM area to outer margin; another line below that runs from base to anal angle (partly obscured by diffuse blackish shadeline running alongside it); a third much shorter line runs from PM line to outer margin near costa; wing ground color in upper half (near costa) is more grayish, shading to brownish in lower half (near inner margin); hindwing white, much wider than forewing, with white fringe

Larvae - According to Heinrich (1939) and Mann (1969) the larvae are white or greyish white without transverse bands or spots
Mexico, California, Arizona, Utah (and probably Nevada)
dry scrubland with cactus
adults fly from March to June, based on 5 California records and 1 BugGuide posting
larvae feed on stems of cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia spp.) The larvae feed in fruit and terminal segments of Cylindropuntia. (Heinrich 1939; Mann 1969; Neunzig 1997).
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid singly; the larvae are solitary feeders (Heinrich 1939; Mann 1969).
Print References
Mann, John (1969) Cactus-Feeding Insects and Mites; USNM Bull. 256, p.52
Internet References
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
larval foodplant; PDF doc and distribution (Robert Pemberton and Hugo Cordo, paper on Cactoblastis cactorum, Florida Center for Library Automation)