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Species Laetilia coccidivora - Scale-feeding Snout Moth - Hodges#5949

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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 Laetilia
Species coccidivora (Scale-feeding Snout Moth - Hodges#5949)
Hodges Number
5949
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Laetilia coccidivora (Comstock, 1879)
Original Combination:
Dakruma coccidivora Comstock, 1879; Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture 1879: 241
Synonyms:
Dakruma pallida Comstock, 1879; Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture 1879: 243
Zophodia dilatifasciella Ragonot, 1887 (at one time synonymized with coccidivora and later re-elevated to species level)
Laetilia hulstii Cockerell, 1897; in Dyar (1904) Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 6 (4): 228
Atascosa quadricolorella Dyar, 1904; Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 6 (2): 116
Laetilia cardini Dyar, 1918; Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus 6 (7-9): 139
* phylogenetic sequence #177000
Size
wingspan 10-18mm (Comstock, 1879)
mature larvae to 12 mm (Comstock, 1879)
Food
larvae are predatory, feeding on the eggs and young of cochineal scale insects (Dactylopius), sometimes supplemented with cactus flowers (Mann, 1969).
Life Cycle
See Comstock, 1879: 241
Remarks
Uses carminic acid acquired from its food as a defense against predators (Eisner et. al., 1994)
See Also
Laetilia dilatifasciella - a closely related western species.
Print References
Comstock, J.H. 1879. On a new predaceous lepidopterous insect. North American Entomologist. 1 (4): 26–28, pl. 4
Eisner, T., R. Ziegler, J. L. McCormick, M. Eisner, E. R. Hoebeke and J. Meinwald. 1994. Defensive use of an acquired substance (carminic acid) by predaceous insect larvae. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 50 (6): 610-615
Mann, John (1969) Cactus-Feeding Insects and Mites; USNM Bull. 256, p.30
Internet References
Florida Entomology. Picture of a caterpillar feeding on scale insects.
Moth Photographers Group - species page (1)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (2)