twirler moth

(Scrobipalpula manierreorum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum)

 

NatureServe

not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

Spring

Habitat/Hosts

Bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

Size

Forewing length: to ¼ (3.7 to 6.5 mm)


Identification

Scrobipalpula manierreorum is a small twirler moth. It was first described in the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society in June 2014. It occurs in the northern United States from the Maine west to Minnesota, and in adjacent Canadian Provinces.

The forewing of the adult is to ¼ (3.7 to 6.5 mm) long and is covered mostly with white scales that have dark brown tips. These scales are intermixed with brown, white, and grayish-orange scales. A broad but diffuse grayish-orange stripe extends from the base of the wing to the tip. The cell has a pair of short, dark brown streaks, one in the middle, one near the end. The fringe hairs at the wing tip have alternating white and dark bands. The legs are striped white and dark.

Adult moths in the genus Scrobipalpula are very similar in appearance. Some, including S. manierreorum, have no external characteristics to identify the species. They can only be distinguished by examining the genitalia under a microscope. The larvae are plant specialists and can be identified by their host plant. The larvae of S. manierreorum mine the leaves of bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla). Adults have been recorded in Alberta and British Columbia, both outside the range of bigleaf aster. This suggests that it may also use other aster species as hosts.

 
Similar
Species

Twirler moth (Scrobipalpula artemisiella) adults are identical in outward appearance. The genitalia are very different, but this can be seen only under a microscope. The larvae feed on field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata).


Larval Food

Bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 27, 29, 30.


Comments

No Common Name
Few species in the genus Scrobipalpula have a common name. The common name for the family Gelechiidae is twirler moths, and is applied here for the sake of convenience.


Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

Superfamily:

Gelechioidea

 

Family:

Gelechiidae (twirler moths)

 

Subfamily:

Gelechiinae

 

Tribe:

Gnorimoschemini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

no common name


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Visitor Photos

   
Share your photo of this insect.

       
       
       

MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

   

Twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum) on bigleaf aster

  twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum)   twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum)
       
  twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum)   twirler moth (Scrobipalpula manierreorum)
       
       

 

Camera

     

Slideshows

   
  Xxxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxxx
 
   
     
  Xxxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxxx
 
   
     
  Xxxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

Xxxxxxxxxxxx

 
     

 

slideshow

     

Visitor Videos

   
Share your video of this insect.

     
     

Other Videos

 
  Xxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

PublishedXxxxxxxxxx

Xxxxxxxxxx

 
     
  Xxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

PublishedXxxxxxxxxx

Xxxxxxxxxx

 
     
  Xxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

PublishedXxxxxxxxxx

Xxxxxxxxxx

 
     
  Xxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

PublishedXxxxxxxxxx

Xxxxxxxxxx

 
     
  Xxxxxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxxx
 
   
 
About

PublishedXxxxxxxxxx

Xxxxxxxxxx

 
     

 

Camcorder

         

Visitor Sightings

   
Report a sighting of this insect.

     
     
 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   


 

 

Binoculars

Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2019 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.