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Species Dioryctria amatella - Southern Pine Coneworm - Hodges#5853

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Classification
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 Dioryctria
Species amatella (Southern Pine Coneworm - Hodges#5853)
Hodges Number
5853
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dioryctria amatella (Hulst, 1887)
Nephopteryx amatella Hulst, 1887
Size
Wingspan: 27–32 mm (1)
Identification
Adult: FW dark gray to brown to nearly black and are boldly patterned with multiple contrasting white patches and zig-zag crossbands. The hindwings are light gray to tan. (1)
Range
Found in the south-eastern United States, from Maryland south to Florida and west into Texas. (1)
Season
There are one to four generations per year, with adults on wing from early April to early November. (1)
Food
The preferred host is longleaf pine, but other pines have been reported.
Life Cycle
The species overwinters as an early instar larvae at the base of persistent cones, under bud scales or in fusiform galls on branches and stems. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)
Florida Featured Creatures – detailed description & images (4)