Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homoeosoma electellum (Hulst)
Anerastia electella Hulst 1887
Heinrich (1956) and Heppner (2003) listed as Homoeosoma electellum
(Hulst), as the gender should be neuter to match the neuter suffix -soma, per the ICZN. (1)
Hulst (1887) listed the wingspan 15-24 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length 7.5-12 mm. (3)
Powell & Opler (2009)(3)
reported two color phases in both sexes.
Gray with a white subcostal streak.
Tan with or without the subcostal streak.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)
Heinrich (1921) description of larva in PDF. (5)
Heppner (2003) reported the range as North Carolina to Florida(6)
; Washington to California; West Indies; Mexico to Guatemala. (2)
Moth Photographers Group map
displays records throughout the southeastern states to Nebraska and Texas; British Columbia to California. (7)
Pohl et al. (2010) reported Alberta, Canada. (8)
Powell & Opler (2009) stated the species "occurs across the continent." (3)
Heppner (2003) reported January to August; October to December. (2)
and Powell & Opler (2009)(3)
reported many host plants.
Citrus sinensis (sweet orange)
Helianthus sp. (sunflower)
Opuntia sp. (Cactaceae)
Oviposits preferentially on newly-opened flowers. In the absence of pollen, calling behavior may be delayed for up to 2 weeks.(9)
Heinrich, C. 1921. Some Lepidoptera likely to be confused with the pink bollworm. Journal of Agricultural Research
20(10). p. 832
Heinrich, C. 1956. American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae. United States National Museum Bulletin
207. p. 220
; figs. 481, 975. (1)
Hulst, G.D. 1887. New species of Pyralidae. Entomologica Americana.
3. p. 137
Neunzig, H.H., 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 99; plate 4, figs. 13-17. (10)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. plate 26, fig. 20; p. 193. (3)