Species Details

Zophodia grossulariella

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Common NameGooseberry Fruit-worm SeasonalityAdults have generally been collected in Alberta in May. IdentificationA small (2.0 - 3.5 cm wingspan), grey micro moth with a slender, grey body. The slender forewings are light grey in ground color with a paler, whitish costal margin, a blackish discal spot, a black and white distal zigzag cross-band, and a broad, black basal cross-band. The broad hind wings are whitish with pale-brown powdering, especially along the margin and the veins.

Scientific Name Zophodia grossulariella Common Name Gooseberry Fruit-worm Habitat Parklands, boreal forest and bogs where gooseberry and currants occur. Seasonality Adults have generally been collected in Alberta in May. Identification
A small (2.0 - 3.5 cm wingspan), grey micro moth with a slender, grey body. The slender forewings are light grey in ground color with a paler, whitish costal margin, a blackish discal spot, a black and white distal…
A small (2.0 - 3.5 cm wingspan), grey micro moth with a slender, grey body. The slender forewings are light grey in ground color with a paler, whitish costal margin, a blackish discal spot, a black and white distal zigzag cross-band, and a broad, black basal cross-band. The broad hind wings are whitish with pale-brown powdering, especially along the margin and the veins.
Life History
The larvae live inside the fruits of currants and gooseberries (the genus Ribes spp.). They are pale green with brown head and thoracic shield. There is one annual generation and the moth over winter as pupa. As a…
The larvae live inside the fruits of currants and gooseberries (the genus Ribes spp.). They are pale green with brown head and thoracic shield. There is one annual generation and the moth over winter as pupa. As a result the pupal stage is very long (up to 10 months). Because of its diet, the Gooseberry Fruit-worm is often considered an important pest of gooseberry and currants.
Conservation The species is widespread and often common. Not of any concern. Diet Info No rearing data from Alberta. But the moth is reported to feed on a variety of currants and gooseberries (Ribes spp.) Range Widespread in Canada, northern USA, temperate Asia and Europe. In Alberta it seems to occur where food plants are present.

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"Species Details - Zophodia grossulariella, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6144. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Pyraloidea Family Pyralidae Subfamily Phycitinae Genus Zophodia Species Zophodia grossulariella
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum