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Species Litoprosopus coachella - Palm Flower Moth - Hodges#8558

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Dyopsinae
Genus Litoprosopus
Species coachella (Palm Flower Moth - Hodges#8558)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Palm Budworm (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Litoprosopus coachella Hill, 1921
Phylogenetic sequence # 931099
Explanation of Names
Named for the Coachella Valley (type location Palm Springs).
Forewing length 16-30 mm.(1)
Adult: forewing tan or pale gray with two dark diagonal marks along costa; hindwing has two black-rimmed white spots near anal angle.

Larva: body pink, smooth; head brown.
Arizona, California, and probably southern Nevada.
On or near palm trees.
Adults have two flights from May to June and again from August to September in southern California.(1)
Larvae feed on flowers of Washington fan palm (Washingtonia robusta) and other palm species.
Larvae may sometimes enter homes and use bits of carpet or rug to build a cocoon. The larvae normally pupate at the base of fronds in palm trees. Larvae are eaten by Gila Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbirds.
See Also
Palmetto Borer Moth (Litoprosopus futilis) forewing is dark brown, hindwing has single large black spot near anal angle, and the species doesn't occur west of Texas.
Print References
Hill, C.A. 1921. A new Noctuid from California (Lep., Noctuidae). Entomological News, and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 32(4): 105.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl. 43, fig. 24; p.257. (1)
Internet References
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
foodplant and predators (
presence in California; list of 14 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
common name reference [Palm Budworm; larva] (
Bug Eric - featured bug on Eric Eaton's blog