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420879.001960Gelechia ribesella – Chambers, 1875
Distribution Data for Gelechia ribesella
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Distribution: Europe and Asia
and Size:
Adults normally complete 1-2 generations and are present in April-May and June-July.
Forewing length ranges 5.5-8.5 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae are polyphagous, feeding on representatives of the Asteraceae, Betulaceae (birch), Ericaceae (blueberries), Fabaceae, Pinaceae (pine, spruce), Poaceae (corn), Rosaceae (apple, apricot), Rutaceae (citrus), Vitaceae (grapes) and other families (1).
Field Marks:
forewing ground color varies from silvery white to pale yellowish brown. Well defined median fascia and pre-apical spot, reddish brown in color. Male forewing without costal fold.
Similar Species: Similar to other Argyrotaenia, genitalic dissection necessary to distinguish from A. velutinana and A. pinatubana. A. ljungiana lacks a distal projection originating from the median sclerotized portion of the valve; this projection is present in A. velutinana. In A. pinatuba the uncus is broader and expanded distally relative to A. ljungiana.
Data compiled and contributed by Christi Jaeger, MEM from references cited.

Gelechia ribesella
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Gelechia ribesella
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Gelechia ribesella
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