Dichomeris ligulella

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Dichomeris ligulella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Dichomeris
Species: D. ligulella
Binomial name
Dichomeris ligulella
Hübner, 1818
  • Elasmion ligulella Hübner, 1808
  • Rhinosia pometella Harris, 1853
  • Chaetochilus conturbatellus Fitch, 1853
  • Ypsolophus contubernatellus Fitch, 1853
  • Chaetochilus malifoliellus Fitch, 1856
  • Ypsolophus pauciguttellus Clemens, 1863
  • Ypsolophus flavivittellus Clemens, 1864
  • Ypsolophus quercipominella Chambers, 1872
  • Ypsolophus reedella Chambers, 1872

The palmerworm (Dichomeris ligulella) is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in eastern North America.

The wingspan is 15–18 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October. There is one generation per year.

The larvae feed on apple, hackberry, hazel and oak. The larvae skeletonize leaves and fold or roll them during feeding. It is occasionally responsible for widespread defoliation of hardwood species. Outbreaks rarely last more than one or two years and usually occur during unusually hot and dry springs.

The palmerworm is mentioned in Joel 2:25.[further explanation needed][1]


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