Moths of North Dakota


Family Gelechiidae: Gelechiids

Diagnosis: Proboscis scale covered at base; fw Rs4 ends at outer margin; CuP absent: hw trapezoidal with acute apex and usually concave outer margin.

Diversity: Worldwide three subfamilies, 507 genera and more than 4,530 species; in North America 90 genera and more than 760 species have been described; as yet only 16 species have been documented from the Dakotas.

Checklist numbers: 1681- 2310.

Biology: Larvae are leaf rollers, leaf/needle/ stem miners, seed/stem borers or gall makers. Many species of economic importance including: Pink bollworm, Angomois grain moth, Juniper webworm, Palmerworm, and Potato tuber worm.


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Further reading:

Hodges, Ronald W. 1989. Fascicle 7.1 Gelechioidea Gelechiidae (part) Dichomeridinae in Dominick et al. The moths of America north of Mexico. E. W. Classey Ltd. London. 195 pp.

Hodges, Ronald W. 1999. Fascicle 7.6 Gelechioidea Gelechiidae (part) Chionodes, in Dominick et al. The moths of America north of Mexico. E. W. Classey Ltd. London.  339 pp.

__________., Chapter 9. The Gelechioidea, pp. 132- 158 in Kristensen, Neils P. ed. 1999. Lepidoptera, moths and butterflies. Part 35, Vol. 1 in Handbook of Zoology. Maximilian Fischer ed. Walter de Gryter, New York. 491 pp.



Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
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