Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Lodgepole Needleminer
Coleotechnites milleri (Busck, 1914)

Family: Gelechiidae
Subfamily: Gelechiinae
Identification: Forewing is pale gray with fine short black streaks.
Wing Span: 1.0-1.3 cm
Life History:
Flight: April to August
Caterpillar Hosts: Larvae feed on lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta Douglas ex Loudon.
Adult Food:
Range: Western United States and Canada.
Management Needs:
Comments: Considered a very destructive pest of lodgepole pine and has been a major problem in Yosemite National Park.