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801309.005240.1Maruca vitrata – Bean Pod Borer Moth – (Fabricius, 1787)

Aaron Cavosie
Distribution: "Captures have occurred in Texas (Williamson 1943), Florida (Dickel 1981), and Louisiana (Brou 1993). Klima (1939) reported M. vitrata from California. The introduction of M. vitrata into Hawaii (Zimmerman 1958) shows that this species has the ability to colonize new habitats" - Gilligan & Passoa (2014)
Field Marks:
For additional information on identification, distribution, etc., see 19520.
Taxonomic Notes: Maruca vitrata (Fabricius, 1787) is now recognized within the North American fauna and is also listed as 19520 in the Exotic Species of Potential Concern.
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: some specimens may not be sequenced and DNA barcode does not ensure correct identification.
  • Gilligan, T.M. & S. Passoa, 2014. LepIntercept - An identification resource for intercepted Lepidoptera larvae. USDA-APHIS-PPQ Identification Technology Program (ITP). Fort Collins, CO. - website.
  • Natural History Museum: HOSTS- website
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Maruca vitrata
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