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Species Melitara doddalis - Hodges# 5971.1

Melitara doddalis - Hodges# 5971.1 - Melitara doddalis - male Species Melitara doddalis - Hodges# 5971.1 - Melitara doddalis - female
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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
No Taxon (Cactus-Feeding Group)
Genus Melitara (Pricklypear Borer)
Species doddalis (Melitara doddalis - Hodges# 5971.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melitara doddalis Dyar, 1925
WL: 18.0-19.5mm (1)
"Melitara doddalis adults have extensive dark-brown or black suffusions in the posterior half of the fore wing (plate 3, figure 16), and the black line associ ated with the antemedial line is missing, or weakly formed." (1)

"Most common in southern Arizona, doddalis also occurs in southern New Mexico and south-western Texas (and northern Mexico)." (1)
Life Cycle
1 brood; October emergence - Ann Hendrickson
"My clearest specimens match the photo 16 in the Nunzig Plate as well as his description of how to differentiate M. dentata, M.texana and M. doddalis.
I have 7 specimens in BIN BOLD:AAB3393 which contains mostly specimens of Canadian Melitara dentata. A number of my specimens have been matched to Ed Knudson's Smithsonian specimen - one female at 100%. Therefore, I feel confident in my identification." - Ann Hendrickson 9/22/2022
Print References
Neunzig, 1997: 56; pl. 3, figs. 17-18 (spread adults); text fig. 25 (genitalia). (1)