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80a0479 – 5949   Laetilia coccidivora (Comstock, 1879)
             Scale-feeding Snout Moth

DNA - Mark Dreiling
Larva and
Host Plants:
Scales in the superfamily Coccoidea.
Genitalia: Wing length 5.0-8.5 mm. (Neunzig 1990)
Similar Species:
  • Amyelois transitella (Walker, 1863) is usually larger 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: Dakruma coccidivora Comstock, 1879
Laetilia cardini Dyar, 1918
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Comstock, J.H., 1879. On a new predaceous lepidopterous insect. North American Entomologist, 1(4): 26.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Neunzig, H. H., 1997. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4: p. 18; pl. 1.1-2. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Laetilia coccidivora
Ken Childs
Laetilia coccidivora
Bob Patterson
Laetilia coccidivora
DNA - LG - Mark Dreiling
Laetilia coccidivora
DNA - LG - Mark Dreiling
Laetilia coccidivora
DNA - LG - Mark Dreiling

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