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59a1273.1 – 2011   Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller, 1873)
             Potato Tuberworm
Distribution Data for Phthorimaea operculella
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Synonymy: Gelechia operculella Zeller, 1873
Phthorimaea argentinae Povolný, 1989
Gelechia epicentra of authors not Meyrick, 1909
Gelechia sedata Butler, 1880
Bryotropha solanella Boisduval, 1874
Gelechia tabacella Ragonot, 1879
Gelechia terrella Walker, 1864
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hayden, J.E., S. Lee, S.C. Passoa, J. Young, J.-F. Landry, V. Nazari, R. Mally, L.A. Somma, and K.M. Ahlmark, 2013. Digital Identification of Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae. USDA-APHIS-PPQ Identification Technology Program (ITP). Fort Collins, CO. - species page at
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 10.21m; p. 99. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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