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Species Pococera euphemella - Mesquite Leaf Tier - Hodges#5620

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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 Epipaschiinae
Genus Pococera
Species euphemella (Mesquite Leaf Tier - Hodges#5620)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pococera euphemella (Hulst, 1888)
Katona euphemella Hulst, 1888
Tetralopha euphemella
~25 spp. in genus per Nearctica
Species page created based on this image determined by Ed Knudson, Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston:
Larvae completed their entire development on honey mesquite, P. glandulosa Torrey var. glandulosa, western honey mesquite, P. g. var. torreyana (L. Benson) M. C. Johnston, velvet mesquite, P. velutina Wooten, and white mesquite, P. alba Grisebach, but not on screwbean mesquite, P. pubescens Bentham. (DeLoach, 1982)
Life Cycle
Adults emerged from overwintering pupae in April and May. Populations of larvae in the field were always low, and larvae caused little damage to mesquite trees. Parasitism of larvae in the field reached 20% during the last two instars, mostly from tachinid flies. (DeLoach, 1982)
Print References
DeLoach, C.J. 1982. Biological studies on a mesquite leaf tier, Tetralopha euphemella, in central Texas. Environmental Entomology 11: 261–267.
Hulst, G.D. 1888 New genera and species of Epipaschiae and Phycitidae. Entomologica Americana. 4: 113
Internet References
5620 – Pococera euphemella - Moth Photo Group