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Species Gonodonta nutrix - Citrus Fruit-piercer - Hodges#8540

Citrus Fruit-piercer - Gonodonta nutrix Moth(?) caterpillar eating pond apple (Annona glabra) - Gonodonta nutrix Citrus Fruit Piercer (Gonodontra nutrix) Caterpillar on Pond Apple - Gonodonta nutrix What caterpillar is this? - Gonodonta nutrix Citrus Fruit-piercer - Gonodonta nutrix Citrus Fruit-piercer - Gonodonta nutrix Citrus Fruit-piercer - Gonodonta nutrix Citrus Fruit-piercer Adult - Gonodonta nutrix
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Calpinae (Fruit-piercing Moths)
Tribe Calpini
Genus Gonodonta
Species nutrix (Citrus Fruit-piercer - Hodges#8540)
Hodges Number
8540
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gonodonta nutrix (Stoll, [1780])
Size
wingspan 36-40 mm, based on two Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing basal two-thirds dark brown or dark gray to blackish except for broad white or pale yellow strip along costa to apex (the strip is displaced by a black triangular patch at base of costa); distal third of wing medium brown or gray with inconspicuous wavy lines; hindwing yellow to dark orangish-yellow with black terminal band and inner margin; fringe white or cream-colored; top of head and palps white; thorax dark brown or black; abdomen yellow or orange
Range
tropical: Florida, and from Mexico to Paraguay
Food
larvae feed on Annona species, American Brunfelsia (Brunfelsia americana), and tomatoes
adults pierce the cuticle of fruit with their proboscis, and are sometimes pests on Citrus species - hence the common name Citrus Fruit-piercer
Life Cycle
early instar larva; final instar larva; cocoon; adult
See Also
The only other Gonodonta species with a white costal strip is Gonodonta pyrgo, which doesn't occur in Florida, and has an otherwise uniformly dark forewing that lacks a black triangular patch at base of costa
Internet References
pinned adult image plus larval and adult foodplants, distribution, and other info (Pierre Zagatti, Catalogue of Lepidoptera of French Antilles)
pinned adult image (Matthew Barnes, Moths of Jamaica)
presence in Florida; list and common name reference (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)