Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Melitara subumbrella (Dyar, 1925)

Family: Pyralidae
Subfamily: Phycitinae
Wing Span: 3.5-5.2 cm
Life History: Eggs are deposited in a stick shaped pile on cactus pods and fruits. The larvae bore into the pads where they complete the life cycle.
Flight: The main flight period is March to October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Opuntia spp. (prickly-pear cacti).
Adult Food:
Habitat: Dry desert.
Range: Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan to southern Arizona and central Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: Among the largest of the Phycitini, may be mistaken for a noctuid.