Adaina primulacea Meyrick, 1929: A gall-inducing plume moth of Siam Weed from South Florida and the Neotropics (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae).

D. L. Matthews, B. V. Maharajh


The life history of Adaina primulacea Meyrick is described and illustrated. Larvae induce formation of stem galls on Siam Weed, Chromolaena odorata (L.) R.M.King & H. Rob., and feed and pupate within these galls. This neotropical species was discovered in South Florida in 1993 and has since been exported for biological control studies. The identity of the species is established in this paper by comparison of reared specimens with images of the holotype from Panama. The female genitalia are described and illustrated for the first time.


cecidogenous; Chromolaena odorata; Eupatorium cannabinum; Siam Weed; Asteraceae; stem galls; Adaina primulacea; A. microdactyla; A. simplicius; A. bipunctata; biological control; larvae; pupae; Pterophoroidea; Pterophorinae

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