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Species Ceratophaga vicinella - Gopher Tortoise Moth - Hodges#0414

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Tineinae
Genus Ceratophaga
Species vicinella (Gopher Tortoise Moth - Hodges#0414)
Hodges Number
0414
Explanation of Names
Author: Dietz, 1905
Range
Southeastern US
Food
Larvae feed exclusively on the shells of dead gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus).