Genista Broom Moth
( Uresiphita reversalis )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Uresiphita reversalis
(Guenée ,1854 )
Common Name:Genista Broom Moth
Life Stage:(L) larva

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Crambidae
Subfamily:Pyraustinae
Tribe:Pyraustini
Genus:Uresiphita
Taxon Code:LEP02118

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Oakland, general, 0000, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CALIFMINOR

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Adult: forewing light to medium brown with dark scalloped AM and PM lines (sometimes broken or indistinct) and two dark discal spots; hindwing yellow or orange with some brownish-gray shading at apex. Larva: body brownish-green with raised black dorsolateral spots on each abdominal segment, and white dot at tip of each black spot; sparse long white hairs protrude from dorsolateral spots; head black with white dots.
Description
Adult: forewing light to medium brown with dark scalloped AM and PM lines (sometimes broken or indistinct) and two dark discal spots; hindwing yellow or orange with some brownish-gray shading at apex. Larva: body brownish-green with raised black dorsolateral spots on each abdominal segment, and white dot at tip of each black spot; sparse long white hairs protrude from dorsolateral spots; head black with white dots.
Wingspan
27-34 mm.

BIOLOGY
Multiple generations per year; usually overwinters as a pupa, and sometimes as an adult.
Host
Larvae feed on Acacia, Baptisia, Genista, Lupinus, Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) and other pea family shrubs. Also reported on Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) and honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.).
Range
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to California, north to Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa; also occurs in Mexico.
Flight Period
Adults fly year-round in far south.

CREDITS
Photographer
Pattie Litton

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