Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Banded Scythris Moth
Scythris trivinctella (Zeller, 1873)

Family: Xyloryctidae
Identification: Forewing dark brownish-gray with broad white diagonal AM line and oblique PM line that divides into a Y shape at inner margin; AM line may merge with pale basal line; hindwing slender, lancelike, uniformly dark with very broad fringe of hairlike scales.
Wing Span: 1.2 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Amaranthus hybridus (slim amaranth)
Adult Food:
Range: North Carolina to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas; also present in British Columbia and Washington
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.