Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Burdock Seedhead Moth
Metzneria lappella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Gelechiidae
Subfamily: Gelechiinae
Identification: Forewing yellow with dull brown streaks; no definite pattern--brown heaviest along costa near middle.
Wing Span: 1.2-1.9 cm.
Life History:
Flight: April-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Burs of burdock.
Adult Food:
Range: Maine and Quebec to Florida, west to Ontario and Missouri.
Management Needs:
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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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