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Species Setomorpha rutella - Tropical Tobacco Moth - Hodges#0428

Setomorpha rutella Setomorpha rutella?  - Setomorpha rutella Clothes Moth - Setomorpha rutella Cephitinea obscurostrigella? - Setomorpha rutella
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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.
Print References
Zeller, 1852. Lepidoptera Microlepidoptera. 94.