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.
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
) 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.
Palmetto Borer Moth
) forewing is dark brown, hindwing has single large black spot near anal angle, and the species doesn't occur west of Texas.
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
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. pl. 43, fig. 24; p.257. (1)
pinned adult image
(Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
and predators (arizonensis.org)
presence in California; list
of 14 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
common name reference
[Palm Budworm; larva] (palm-tree.net)
- featured bug on Eric Eaton's blog