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Species Oiketicus townsendi - Hodges#0453

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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 Psychidae (Bagworm Moths)
Subfamily Oiketicinae
Genus Oiketicus
Species townsendi (Oiketicus townsendi - Hodges#0453)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Desert Bagworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oiketicus townsendi Townsend, 1894
The species was considered Thyridopteryx sp. (1892).
There are three species in America north of Mexico.
Trans-Pecos region of Texas and west to Arizona
Larval hosts include
Mesquite, Prosopis
Locust, Robinia sp.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as larva and then feeds briefly in Spring before pupating April to May.
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Townsend, C.H. 1892. Thyridopteryx sp. The Canadian Entomologist. 199.
Townsend, C.H. 1894. Notes on Lepidopterous larvae. Larva of Oiketicus townsendi. Zoe: A biological journal. 4(4): 356.