Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lineodes integra (Zeller, 1873)
Scoptonoma integra Zeller
* Phylogenetic sequence #152850
Forewing length 9.5-12.5 mm. (1)
Adult - forewing light brown, long and slender with pointed apex; dark brown arc begins at inner margin about one-third distance from base, and ends in subterminal area; white-outlined dark brown semicircular patch along costa near apex; inner margin concave near anal angle; hindwing grayish-brown; abdomen held in curved C shape over thorax when moth is at rest; legs very long and thin with small "ruffle" of scales near base of tibia on forelegs and midlegs.
Southern United States (Florida to California), south to Chile; also recorded from Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario (perhaps imported along with nursery plants in the tomato family?).
Larvae feed on plants in the tomato family (Solanaceae) such as eggplant (Solanum melongena), ground-cherry (Physalis spp.), pepper (Capsicum spp.), Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum), and garden tomato (Solanum lycopersicon).
The noxious weed Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum
) was found moderately infested with Lineodes integra
larvae in Orlando, Florida on 1 June 1995 by P. Courneya, USDA. (Carlos Artaud, Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Dyar, H. G. 1913: The Separation of Some Species of Lineodes. – Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, Washington 1 (8): 94-96
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler. 2009. Moths of Western North America
: Pl.23.19m; p.178 (1)
Zeller, P.C. 1873. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien
-329, pl.4, f.44