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European Pepper Moth

Duponchelia fovealis

Description:

Beautiful moth with red-brown, gray, black and creme colors.

Habitat:

Under porch light at night in backyard. "native to the Mediterranean but spreading worldwide; recently introduced into NA (ON 2005) and now confirmed in NC-FL-TX, CO and WA-CA-AZ"

Notes:

First submitted moth to BugGuide from California!

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2 Comments

Yes, I was excited to spot it and be the first to submit it to BugGuide from California but that changed when I read that the pest was introduced a couple towns away from me :(
A pest report said "On May 18, 2010, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified APHIS about an interception of Duponchelia fovealis larvae in a nursery shipment from San Diego County, California. Since this notification, APHIS has worked closely with the California Department of Food & Agriculture and San Diego County in surveying the area of concern. On July 16, 2010, APHIS confirmed the detection of Duponchelia fovealis at a greenhouse in Vista, California. Trace-forward information provided by the affected nursery resulted in the expansion of detection surveys in 26 counties within California. Although survey data confirm the presence of Duponchelia fovealis in 16 counties in California, APHIS has not received reports of damage caused by this pest. "

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Cool and what a drag!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 20, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013

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