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Species Stegasta capitella - Teaweed Moth - Hodges#2209.1

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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 Gelechiini
Genus Stegasta
Species capitella (Teaweed Moth - Hodges#2209.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
peanut budworm moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stegasta capitella (Fabricius, 1794)
Alucita capitella Fabricius, 1794
There are two species of the genus Stegasta in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Forewing length about 4 mm.
The head and thorax of the adult is white. The very similar Stegasta bosquella has only the front of the head white with the rest of the head and thorax dark brown/blackish.
TX, FL / W. Indies - Map (BG data)(2)(Heppner 2003)
Stegasta capitella occurs in areas where peanuts are grown.
Heppner (2003) reported February to August, October, December in Florida. (3)
The larval host is peanut.
Heppner (2003) listed Sida spinosa L. (prickly fanpetals). (3)
See Also
Stegasta bosquella

Some Ethmia species have similar black and white markings.
Print References
Fabricius, 1794. Ent. Syst. 3(2): 330.
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
4.Butterflies of North America