Aristotelia ivae

420657.00 — 1743 — Aristotelia ivae Busck, 1900

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Baccharis halimifolia

Baccharis halimifolia


One of two species, the other being Bucculatrix ivella, described by Busck (1900) from material reared by Harrison Dyar and named for the supposed host plant, marsh elder (Iva frutescens). Both in fact feed on eastern baccharis (Baccharis halimifolia), which is superfically similar to I. frutescens and often cooccurs with it in salt marshes. Both were found to be highly host-specific in a study of their potential as biocontrols of baccharis in Australia, though marsh elder was not one of the plants tested (Diatloff & Palmer, 1988).


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Forbes, W.T.M., 1923. The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States. Cornell University, Agricultural Experiment Station. Memoir, 68: 296.
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • U.S. National Entomological Collection (USNM) - Syntype ♂ (genitalia)
  • Diatloff G. & W.A. Palmer, 1988. The host specificity and biology of Aristotelia ivae Busck (Gelechiidae) and Lorita baccharivora Pogue (Tortricidae), two microlepidoptera selected as biological control agents for Baccharis halimifolia (Asteraceae) in Australia. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 90(4): 458–461
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