Trisha Shetty

Scrobipalpa halimifolia

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Gelechiidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Scrobipalpa

Scrobipalpa halimifolia is a moth in the Gelechiidae family. It was described by Bidzilya and Budashkin in 2011. It is found on the Crimea.

The wingspan is 13.2–14 mm. The forewings are covered with light grey, brown-tipped scales, with the costal margin, apex and termen darker, nearly blackish and the veins and area along the dorsum distinctly mottled with orange-brown. There is a brown subcostal spot at one-fourth and three dark spots in the cell. The hindwings are light grey. The hindwings are white. Adults are on wing from end of May to early September.

The larvae probably feed on Halimione verrucifera. They mine the leaves of their host plant. Pupation takes place in plant litter or in the upper layer of ground.

Etymology

The species name refers to the feeding of the larvae on the leaves of Halimione and is derived from Latin folium (meaning leaf).

References

Scrobipalpa halimifolia Wikipedia


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