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A butterworm beside a Canadian penny
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Cossidae
Genus: Chilecomadia
C. moorei
Binomial name
Chilecomadia moorei
(Silva Figueroa, 1915)
  • Langsdorfia moorei Silva Figueroa, 1915
  • Chilecomadia zeuzerina Bryk, 1945[1]

The Chilean moth (Chilecomadia moorei) is a moth of the family Cossidae. The butterworm is the larval form and is commonly used as fishing bait in South America.[2]

Butterworms, like mealworms, are used as food for insectivore pets, such as geckos and other reptiles, as their scent and bright color help attract the more stubborn eaters. They are also called tebo worms or trevo worms, and are high in fat and calcium. They are difficult to breed in captivity, and most are imported directly from Chile. They are usually irradiated to kill bacteria and prevent pupation as the moth is an invasive species.[2]


  1. ^ Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Chilecomadia moorei". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Incredible Edible Worm", by Audrey Pavia, Reptiles Magazine, July, 2007