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Species Symmetrischema capsica - Pepper Flowerbud Moth - Hodges#2032

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 Gnorimoschemini
Genus Symmetrischema
Species capsica (Pepper Flowerbud Moth - Hodges#2032)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Symmetrischema capsica (Bradley & Povolný, 1965)
Gnorimoschema capsica Bradley & Povolný, 1965
Symmetrischema capsica - spelling used at BOLD as of 5/28/2013
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet capsica from the host plant genus Capsium.
Forewing length about 3-3.5 mm.
Introduced to the Gulf States from the West Indies.
Larvae feed in the flower buds of Capsicum annuum L. (Cayenne pepper), Physalis spp. (groundcherry).
Print References
Bradley & Povolný, 1965. The identity of the pepper flower-bud moth. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 56 (1) : 57-63.