Eastern Cactus-boring Moth Melitara prodenialis Walker, 1863  Synonyms: Hodges #5970.

Status:

This large phycitine occurs from Rye, New York, and the New Jersey Pine Barrens to Key West, Florida, and Brownsville, Texas, wherever the food plants are available. It has also been collected at Indian River Bay, Delaware (Heinrich, 1956: 240) (Glaser, Micromoths).

Relationships:

The larvae feed on pricklypear cactus, Opuntia ssp. (Glaser, Micromoths).

There are 9 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Cactus-boring Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/23/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cactus-boring Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cactus-boring Moth collected in Maryland. Photo by John Glaser. (MBP list)

Eastern Cactus-boring Moth in Florida (3/29/2011). Photo by Bob Patterson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cactus-boring Moth. Photo by Hugh McGuinness. (MBP list)


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