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Species Pyramidobela angelarum - Buddleia Budworm - Hodges#0961.1

Gelechioidea? - Pyramidobela angelarum White larva - Pyramidobela angelarum Moths hatched from these larvae - Pyramidobela angelarum Ventral view - Pyramidobela angelarum Yellow-greenish larva - Pyramidobela angelarum Caterpillar emerged from Larva - Pyramidobela angelarum Tan urban gelechioid (?) with raised scales - Pyramidobela angelarum
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Ethmiinae
Genus Pyramidobela
Species angelarum (Buddleia Budworm - Hodges#0961.1)
Hodges Number
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).
Life Cycle

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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."
Print References
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
Works Cited
1.A systematic monograph of New World ethmiid moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea).
Jerry A. Powell. 1973. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 120: 1-312.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.