Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oiketicus toumeyi Jones, 1922
Explanation of Names
Named for Dr. J.W. Toumey who was the first person to mention the species in a publication. He referred to the species as "Thyteryx sp." and noted they were very abundant in locust trees near Tucson, Arizona.
Three species of the genus Oiketicus
occur in America north of Mexico. (1)
reports the wingspan 28-35 mm. (3)
Jones (1922) reports 28-32 mm.
*Females are wingless.
Arizona to western Texas and southern Mexico. (3)
Holotype ♂ from Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 19 June 1918 by F.M. Jones.
The main flight period appears to be April to June. (4)
reports nine host plants. (3)
Baccharis ramulosa A. Gray
Juniperus sempervirens = [Cupressus sempervirens] L. (Italian cypress)
Robinia neomexicana A. Gray (New Mexico locust)
Prosopis juliflora (Sw.) DC. (mesquite)
Prunus armeniaca L. (apricot).
Pyrus malus = [Prunus armeniaca L. (apricot)
Sapindus sp. (soapberry).
Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle (tree of heaven)
Neck (1959) adds Fouquieria splendens Engelm. (ocotillo) to the list from Texas.
describes the life cycle including a photo of the larval case. preview page at Google Books
Davis, D.R. 1964. Bagworm moths of the Western Hemisphere (Lepidoptera: Psychidae). United States National Museum Bulletin
244. p. 109
; figs. 46, 47, 98, 99, 238, 239, 314, 350; Map 10. (3)
Jones, F.M., 1922. A New North American Psychid (Lep. Psychidae.). Entomological News
. 33. p. 12
Neck, R. 1959. Oiketicus toumeyi
: A bagworm moth new to the Texas fauna (Psychidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society.
30(3). p. 218
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