Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thyridopteryx meadii Edwards, 1881
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Mr. T. L. Mead, an important collector of lepidoptera with many species named for him.
Forewing length 8.5-11 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Wingspan 20-33 mm (Davis, 1964).(2)
Larval case 30-40 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Adult - females are wingless and remain in their cases throughout the lives (Comstock, 1937).
Western Texas to the Mohave Desert in Calfornia (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Larval host is primarily creosote bush
, Zygophyllaceae) but has also been found on mesquite
, Fabaceae) in Texas (Davis, 1964).(2)
Larvae can remain dormant for months in their adorned cases while waiting for rains and new growth on creosote (Davis, 1964). Parasitized by the Diptera Chetogena tachinomoides
(Townsend) and the Hymenoptera Allocota thyridopterigis
(Riley) (Comstock, 1937).
Comstock, J. A. 1937. Miscellaneous notes on western lepidoptera. Bulletin Southern California Academy of Sciences 36(1): 22
Davis, D. R. 1964. Bagworm moths of the Western Hemisphere (Lepidoptera: Psychidae). USNM Bulletin 244: 131 (2)
Edwards, Hy. 1881. Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera. Papilio 1(7): 116
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.2.49m; p.52