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Species Coleophora parthenica - Russian Thistle Stem Miner Moth - Hodges#1398.8

1398.8  - Coleophora parthenica Coleophora parthenica
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Coleophoridae (Casebearer Moths)
Subfamily Coleophorinae
Genus Coleophora
Species parthenica (Russian Thistle Stem Miner Moth - Hodges#1398.8)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coleophora parthenica Meyrick, 1891
Specimen examined and determined by Jean-Fran├žois Landry, Ph.D..
Introduced from the Mediterranean region as a biological control of Russian thistle and now occurs from southern California to New Mexico.
Adults recorded from March to July; September.
The larval host is Salsola sp. (Russian thistle).
Life Cycle
The larvae are stem burrowers.
Halstead (1989) reported Coleophora parthenica is a possible parasitic host for the Chalcid Wasp Norbanus perplexus (Ashmead, 1904).
See Also
Coleophora klimeschiella, a dusty gray species utilizing the same host.
Print References
Halstead, J.A., 1989. Hymenoptera associated with a California population of the Russian thistle biological control agent Coleoptera klimeschiella Toll (Lepidopetra: Coleophoridae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 91, p. 635.
Meyrick, E., 1891. Entomology Monthly Miigazine, p. 59.
Gnuessly, G.S.& R.D.Goeden. 1983. Spider predation on Coleophora parthenica (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae), a moth imported for the biological control of Russian thistle. Environmental Entomology (Impact Factor 12(5), pp. 1433-1438.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 6, fig. 28; p. 76. (1)