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Species Keiferia lycopersicella - Tomato pinworm - Hodges#2047

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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Gnorimoschemini
Genus Keiferia
Species lycopersicella (Tomato pinworm - Hodges#2047)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Keiferia lycopersicella (Walsingham, 1897) (1)
Eucatoptus lycopersicella Walsingham, 1897 (2)
Phylogenetic sequence #421349
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the host plant genus. Gudmann notes that the larva is a leaf folder of Lycopersicon in St Croix. (2)
There are 6 named species of Keiferia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 9-12 mm.
This group is not distinguishable by wing maculation and is best determined by DNA or dissection. (3)
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)
Found across the southern United States and in Hawaii.(5)
Has been found in greenhouses used for tomato production in northern areas of eastern North America.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults have been found year round.
Larval host is most often tomato, but eggplant and potatoes are also hosts.
Life Cycle
Early instar larvae are leaf miners and then later bore into buds of fruit. (5)
Introduced species (1920 or earlier) and considered an economic pest of tomato production.
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Busck, A. 1939. Restriction of the genus Gelechia (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), with descriptions of new genera. (6)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. 100; pl. 10.18.(5)
Walsingham, T. de Grey. 1897. Revision of the West-Indian Micro-Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 71. (2)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico
Lee S., Hodges R.W., Brown R.L. 2009. Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.
2.Revision of the West-Indian micro-lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species.
Lord Walsingham. 1897. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 54-183.
3.A new species of Tildenia [Keiferia] from Illinois (Gelechiidae)
Ronald W, Hodges. 1985. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 39(3): 151-155.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
5.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
6.Restriction of the genus Gelechia (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), with descriptions of new genera
August Busck. 1939. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 86(3064): 563-593.