Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ornativalva erubescens (Walsingham, 1904)
Gelechia erubescens Walsingham, 1904
Phylogenetic sequence #420681.50
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin
meaning "reddening, blushing," for the forewings suffused with "bright rosy red."
Forewing length 5.6 to 6.2 mm (1)
Forewing pattern distinct in our area.
United States records from Arizona, Nevada, and Texas (1)
. Additional BugGuide records from California.
Native from eastern North Africa east to Pakistan.
Along rivers, reservoirs, and riparian areas where the suspected host plant can be found (1)
Records from March through October (1)
Host plant unknown, however suspected to be salt cedar (Tamarix spp.) (1)
Can be extremely abundant at times. A single bucket trap in Willcox, Arizona yielded an estimated 10,000+ specimens of this species (Kyhl Austin).
Lee, S., I. Watkinson, & J. Vargo, 2017. Ornativalva erubescens
(Walsingham) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) Introduced in North America. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society
, 71(3): 141–145 (1)
Sattler, K, 1976. A taxonomic revision of the genus Ornativalva Gozmány, 1955 (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), 34(2): 108
Walsingham, Lord, 1904. Algerian Microlepidoptera. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine
, 40: 265