Comadia redtenbacheri

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Comadia redtenbacheri
Scientific classification
C. redtenbacheri
Binomial name
Comadia redtenbacheri
(Hammerschmidt, 1848)
  • Zeuzera redtenbacheri Hammerschmidt, 1848
  • Hypopta redtenbacheri
  • Bombyx agavis Blasquez, 1870
  • Comadia agavis
  • Hypopta chilodora Dyar, 1910

Comadia redtenbacheri is a moth in the family Cossidae. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from Mexico and southern Texas.[1]

The length of the forewings is 12–14 mm for males and 13–16 mm for females. The forewings are brown with a white strip from the wing base to near the apex. The hindwings are grey-brown.[2] Adults have been recorded on wing from April to May and in September.[3]

The larvae feed on the succulent leaves of the maguey and Agave salmiana. Young larvae are pale reddish, becoming carmine in later instars.

In food and drink[edit]

The larvae are one of the species used to put into mezcal.[4] In Spanish, they are known as chilocuil, chinicuil, or tecol and have been traditionally used as food in Mexican cuisine. The caterpillars are also known as gusanos rojos, giving its name to a popular brand of mezcal; they are one of the two kinds of "worms" placed in bottles of mezcal, giving a unique color and flavor to the drink. The other, less appreciated ones, are the larvae of the agave snout weevil, Scyphophorus acupunctatus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Comadia at funet
  2. ^ Brown, R.M., 1975: A revision the North American Comadia (Cossidae). The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 14 (4): 180–212. Full article: [1]
  3. ^ mothphotographersgroup
  4. ^ Bug Guide