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80a0137 – 5724   Amyelois transitella (Walker, 1863)
             Navel Orangeworm

DNA - Mark Dreiling
Distribution: Type locality (cassiae): Guyana [British Guiana], Georgetown, Plantation Rose Hall.
Type locality (duplipunctella): USA, Florida.
Type locality (solitella): Colombia.
Type locality (notatalis): Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo.
Type locality (transitella): "United States".
Type locality (venipars): Mexico, Oaxaca.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Nuts and fruit.
Genitalia: Wing length 7.0- 13.0 mm. (Neunzig 1990)
Similar Species:
  • Laetilia coccidivora (Comstock, 1879) is usually smaller but is apparently best separated by genitalia, DNA, or host.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Nephopteryx transitella Walker, 1863
Emporia cassiae Dyar, 1917
Myelois duplipunctella Ragonot, 1887
Nephopteryx notatalis Walker, 1863
Myelois solitella Zeller, 1881
Myelois venipars Dyar, 1914
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Neunzig, H. H., 1990. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.3, p. 51; pl. 1.49-51, 2.7-8. order or free PDF
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 25.17m; p. 189. Book Review and ordering
  • Ragonot, E.L., 1887. Diagnoses of North American Phycitidae and Galleriidae. Published by the author, Paris, p. 3 - PDF.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Walker, F., 1863. Crambites & Tortricites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 27: 54.
Amyelois transitella
DNA - Mark Dreiling
Amyelois transitella
DNA - Mark Dreiling
Amyelois transitella
CalPhotos – Jerry Powell
Amyelois transitella
20mm - LG – Jim Vargo
Amyelois transitella
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