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Species Thyridopteryx meadii - Creosote Bush Bagworm - Hodges#0455

Creosote Bush Bagworm Pupa - Thyridopteryx meadii
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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 Psychidae (Bagworm Moths)
Subfamily Oiketicinae
Genus Thyridopteryx
Species meadii (Creosote Bush Bagworm - Hodges#0455)
Hodges Number
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 (Larrea tridentata, Zygophyllaceae) but has also been found on mesquite (Prosopis, Fabaceae) in Texas (Davis, 1964).(2)
Life Cycle
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).
Print References
Comstock, J. A. 1937. Miscellaneous notes on western lepidoptera. Bulletin Southern California Academy of Sciences 36(1): 22, pl.9
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
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Bagworm Moths of the Western Hemisphere
Donald R. Davis. 1964. Smithsonian Institution.