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990680n – 19680   Tecia solanivora (Povolný, 1973)
Distribution Data for Tecia solanivora
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Distribution: Central and South America;; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Forewing length ranges 8.7-11.0mm
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae feed on on Solanum tuberosum (Potato). There is a dichotomous key to Gelechiidae on Solanaceae in Florida and the Gulf Coast region available here
Field Marks:
Females are brown with light brown longitudinal streaks on the forewing. Males are smaller and dark brown or brownish-gray in color. Males also have strong longitudinal lines and are also marked with "two stigmata" (spots on the forewing), whereas females have three stigmata.
Similar Species:
  • Tecia solanivora is recognized by its large size and forewing pattern consisting of two grayish-black spots in the discal cell and a gray-black longitudinal streak extending from the median fifth to the preapex.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
  • (1) Natural History Museum: HOSTS- A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants website
  • (2) 2005. Data sheet on quarantine pests: Tecia solanivora. EPPO Bulletin 35(3): 396-398.
  • (3) Hayden, J. E., Lee, S., Passoa S.C., Young, J., Landry, J.-F., Nazari, V., Mally, R., Somma, L.A., and Ahlmark. K.M. 2013. Digital Identification of Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae. USDA-APHIS-PPQ website
  • (4) Key to separate native and quarantine significant species of Gelechiidae on Solanaceae in Florida and the Gulf Coast region. [pdf]
Photographs are needed for this species.

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