Explanation of Names
Pyramidobela angelarum Keifer, 1936
* phylogenetic sequence #027700
Forewing length 7.8-9.5 mm.(1)
Wingspan 16-21 mm (Keifer, 1936).
Larva to 12-14 mm (Keifer, 1936).
Pupa about 7 mm (Keifer, 1936).
Discovered in Los Angeles in 1934; later spread to the San Francisco Bay area.(2)
Ornamental butterfly bush (Buddleia/Buddleja).
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Quoted by Bob Patterson, Jerry Powell at U. Cal. Berkeley states: "You cannot grow Buddleia here without getting the worms, which crumple all the vegetative tips and stunt plant growth. Not native, probably a native of Mexico."
Keifer, H. H. 1936. California Microlepidoptera 8. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 36(1): 13
Powell, J. A. 1973. A systematic monograph of New World Ethmiid moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 120: 42 (Abstract
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.5.42f, p.71