Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Fruitworm Moths (Lepidoptera: Carposinidae)

  • John B. Heppner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3905

Fruitworm moths, family Carposinidae, total about 279 species from all regions, but most are Australian and South Pacific. The family is part of the superfamily Copromorphoidea in the section Tineina, subsection Tineina, of the division Ditrysia. Adults small to medium (10–40 mm wingspan), with head smooth-scaled; haustellum naked; labial palpi porrect; maxillary palpi 1- segmented. Wing venation has reduction of two median veins in the hindwings and hindwings somewhat pointed apically. Maculation shades of gray and brown on forewings, plus some scale tufts; hindwings mostly pale. Adults are nocturnal or crepuscular. Larvae are borers in fruits, seeds, buds, or trunks and limbs, but a few are leafminers. Hosts include a variety of plants. A few species are economic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Heppner
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA