Girish Mahajan

Telphusa melanozona

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

Telphusa melanozona is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in India (Bengal).

The wingspan is 9–10 mm. The forewings are ochreous-whitish irrorated with light grey and with the base of the costa blackish. There is a moderately broad straight black transverse fascia at one-fourth and a minute black dot in the middle of the disc, as well as two black dots transversely placed in the disc at two-thirds, surrounded with whitish-ochreous, the upper forming the apex of a triangular blackish costal spot. The hindwings are light grey.

The larvae feed on Euphorbia neriifolia. They mine the leaves of their host plant.

References

Telphusa melanozona Wikipedia


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