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Crocidosema lantana

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Kingdom  Animalia
Section  Cossina
Genus  Crocidosema
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
Class  Insecta
Family  Tortricidae
Scientific name  Crocidosema lantana
Rank  Species
Similar  Crocidosema, Butterflies and moths, Crocidosema plebejana, Salbia haemorrhoidalis, Cryptophlebia

Crocidosema lantana, the lantana flower-cluster moth or lantana tortricid moth, is a moth of the Tortricidae family. It is native to Mexico and the southern United States, but was introduced to Hawaii in 1902, Australia in 1914 and the Caroline Islands in 1948 and 1949 to aid in the control of Lantana weeds. It has also been recorded from China (Yunnan) and Sri Lanka.

The larvae feed in pods of Bignonia chrysantha and in flower heads, on berries and also bore in tender twigs of Lantana species. It also feeds in the stem of litchi and in the terminal twigs of Tecoma stans. Full-grown larva are about 6 mm long and fuscous colored with a slight reddish tinge.

The pupa is brown and about 5 mm long.

References

Crocidosema lantana Wikipedia


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