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Eggplant Leafroller Moth

Lineodes integra

Description:

AKA Nightshade Leaftier. The wingspan is about 18 mm. The adult forewing is light brown, long and slender with pointed apex; dark brown arc begins at inner margin about one-third distance from base, and ends in subterminal area; white-outlined dark brown semicircular patch along costa near apex; inner margin concave near anal angle; hindwing grayish-brown; abdomen held in curved C shape over thorax when moth is at rest; legs very long and thin with small "ruffle" of scales near base of tibia on forelegs and midlegs.

Habitat:

Their range is southern United States (Florida to California), south to Chile; also recorded from Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario (perhaps imported along with nursery plants in the tomato family?) The larvae feed on plants in the tomato family (Solanaceae) such as eggplant (Solanum melongena), ground-cherry (Physalis spp.), pepper (Capsicum spp.), Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum), and garden tomato (Solanum lycopersicon).

Notes:

Yesterday, I found this one in the shade. I was able to get a clearer picture of it's head so I decided to post it. For those that want to see more of this species you can go to http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/157...

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2 Comments

nexttogone
nexttogone 8 years ago

Thanks for commenting Ava. They do seem to flow with grace. Also, thanks to everyone for the favorites.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

What a sculptural bug!

nexttogone
Spotted by
nexttogone

Bandera, Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 29, 2012

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