Moths of North Carolina
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1 NC Records

Symmetrischema capsica (Bradley & Polovný, 1965) - Pepper Flowerbud Moth

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Superfamily: Gelechioidea Family: GelechiidaeSubfamily: GelechiinaeTribe: GnorimoscheminiP3 Number: 421323.00 MONA Number: 2032.00
Comments: Symmetrischema is a genus of New World moths with over 50 described species. They all feed on members of the Solanaceae, and some are significant pests on commercial crops.
Species Status: This is an introduced species that is native to the West Indies and Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago). It was introduced to the US prior to 1945, where it has been recorded in Florida and Texas. It is a commercial pest on peppers (Capsicum spp.) and larvae can cause significant damage to flower buds and developing flowers.
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Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Status in North Carolina
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Comments: This is an introduced pest on peppers and does not merit protection.