Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Chionodes pinguicula (Meyrick, 1929)

Family: Gelechiidae
Subfamily: Gelechiinae
Identification: The forewings are light ochreous-yellowish with an irregular-triangular fuscous patch extending along the anterior half of the costa, its apex formed by black plical stigma. The first discal is black, on its oblique posterior edge rather beyond this, the lower edge triangularly indented in the middle, with small spots of pale yellowish suffusion on or near the costa before and beyond this. There is a moderate light brownish transverse fascia at two-thirds, becoming fuscous on the costa, the second discal stigma forming a black transverse mark on its anterior edge. The hindwings are light grey.
Wing Span: 1.3-1.5 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Atriplex canescens
Adult Food:
Range: It has been recorded from Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.
Management Needs:
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