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80a0972 – 5240.1   Maruca vitrata (Fabricius, 1787)
             Bean Pod Borer

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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.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Phalaena vitrata Fabricius, 1787
Hydrocampe aquatilis Shibuya, 1928
Hydrocampe aquitilis Guérin-Méneville, 1832
Botys bifenestralis Mabille, 1880
Siriocauta simialalis Snellen, [1880]
Crochiphora testulalis Geyer, [1832]
Taxonomic Notes: Maruca vitrata (Fabricius, 1787) is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico and is also listed as 19520 in the Exotic Species of Potential Concern.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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.
  • Robinson, G.S., P.R. Ackery, I. Kitching, G.W. Beccaloni, L.M. Hernández, 2023. HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants [Data set]. Natural History Museum, website.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Maruca vitrata
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Maruca vitrata
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