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Species Laetilia dilatifasciella - Hodges#5949.1

See what was hiding under the cochineal's blanket. Apparently, that would be Laetilia. - Laetilia dilatifasciella 5949.1  - Laetilia dilatifasciella Gelechiidae - gold, black, white - Laetilia dilatifasciella 5949.1  - Laetilia dilatifasciella 5949.1  - Laetilia dilatifasciella 5949.1  - Laetilia dilatifasciella 5949.1   - Laetilia dilatifasciella Larva associated with cochineal - Laetilia dilatifasciella
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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 dilatifasciella (Laetilia dilatifasciella - Hodges#5949.1)
Hodges Number
5949.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Laetilia dilatifasciella (Ragonot, 1887)
Zophodia dilatifasciella Ragonot, 1887 (1)
* elevated from synonymy with Laetilia coccidivora
Phylogenetic sequence #800559.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "broad-banded," for the forewings that feature the "outer border of the first line forming a broad band." (1)
Size
Forewing length 6-8 mm.(2)
Identification
Range
Southern New Mexico to southern California. (3), (4), (2)
Season
Larvae recorded from May and October and adults from May and July through October.(2)
Food
The larve is predaceous on scale insects of several families (Cerococcidae, Coccidae, Dactylopiidae, and Kermesidae).(2)
See Also
Laetilia coccidivora, a closely related eastern species (2)
Print References
Neunzig, H.H. 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4: p. 20; pl. 1.3-5. (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.26.36f, p.195. (2)
Ragonot, E.L., 1887. Diagnoses of North American Phycitiae and Galleriiae: 13. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
Works Cited
1.Diagnoses of North American Phycitiae and Galleriiae.
Émile Louis Ragonot. 1887. Self-published Paris, France: pp. 1-20.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List
4.Moths of Southeast Arizona
5.The Moths of North America north of Mexico. Fascicle 15.4. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Phycitinae (part)
H. H. Neunzig. 1997. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.