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80a0979 – 5219.1   Palpita persimilis Munroe, 1959
             Olive Shootworm
Distribution Data for Palpita persimilis
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Distribution: USA: FL (introduced).
Holotype: Brazil, Santa Catarina, Nova Teutonia
Field Marks:
Wingspan: 19 to 27 mm; "The labial palpi (Fig. 3A) are mostly reddish brown with distinct dark-brown to black scales bordering the reddish area dorsally and ventrally; the same dark scales are also prominent on the maxillary palpi and lateral margin of the frons. The foreleg tibia (Fig. 3A) has distinctly black scales proximally and distally that contrast with the orange-brown femur." - (Hayden & Buss, 2013)
Genitalia: See Munroe (1959)
Similar Species:
  • Diaphania costata - See Hayden et al. (2017).
  • Palpita flegia - See Hayden et al. (2017).
  • Palpita kimballi - See Hayden & Buss (2013) and Hayden et al. (2017).
  • Palpita quadristigmalis - See Hayden & Buss (2013).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Palpita persimilis Munroe, 1959
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAY8244 - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification.
  • Hayden, J.E. & J. Buss, 2013 [Rev. 2017]. Olive Shootworm, Palpita persimilis Munroe (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension, 2013(6): 1-6.
  • Munroe, E.G., 1959. New species and new subspecies of Palpita (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). The Canadian Entomologist, 91(10): 641-650.
Palpita persimilis
23mm - LG – James Hayden

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