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Species Setomorpha rutella - Tropical Tobacco Moth - Hodges#0428

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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 Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Setomorphinae
Genus Setomorpha
Species rutella (Tropical Tobacco Moth - Hodges#0428)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Setomorpha rutella Zeller, 1852
Many synonyms.
Widespread across all of North America.
Found worldwide due to commerce. Country of origin is thought to be the Philippines.
Larvae feed on dry plant material. Considered a pest in some parts of the world because of damage to dried tobacco.
Four Nearctic BINs in the genus

BOLD:ABA5199 [eastern US (IL, MD)]
BOLD:AAD2722 [desert SW (CA, AZ, NM)]
BOLD:ACE6014 [AZ (Tucson, Huachucas)]
BOLD:ABZ7737 [AZ (Huachucas)]
See Also
Previously misidentified online as Cephimallota obscurostrigella
Print References
Zeller, 1852. Lepidoptera Microlepidoptera. 94.
Dietz, W.G., 1905. Revision of the genera and species of the Tineid subfamilies Amydriinae and Tineinae inhabiting north America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 31: 15. (majorella, sigmoidella, syn.)