Neha Patil

Aristotelia corallina

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Gelechiidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Aristotelia
Similar  Aristotelia, Acrolophus popeanella, Antaeotricha, Monochroa, Cosmopterix

Aristotelia corallina is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It was described by Walsingham in 1909. It is found in Mexico (Guerrero) and the United States, where it has been recorded from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, as well as in Puerto Rico.

The wingspan is about 12 mm. The forewings are blackish, the dorsum rich rosy reddish, this colour diffused upward along the termen and over the terminal cilia through which runs a somewhat obscurely reduplicated dark shade-line. The hindwings are dark grey. Adults are on wing year round in Mexico.

The larvae feed on the shoot tips and young leaves of Acacia cornigera, Acacia farnesiana and Chamaecrista nictitans. They construct larval webs near the tips of the host plant.

References

Aristotelia corallina Wikipedia


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