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Species Episimus argutanus - Sumac Leaftier Moth - Hodges#2701

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Olethreutini
Genus Episimus
Species argutanus (Sumac Leaftier Moth - Hodges#2701)
Hodges Number
2701
Other Common Names
Witch-hazel Leaffolder Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Episimus argutana (Clemens)
Orig. Comb: Bactra argutana Clemens 1860
Size
WS ≈ 13 mm
Identification
FW generally appears dull reddish or grayish brown, finely mottled in various shades of brown to blackish. In fresh specimens, the dull color may appear to be overlaid with purple, a point noted in the description by Forbes (1923). A partial darker band about one-third of the wing length from the base often seems to form an angled, squarish blotch. There is some darker shading adjacent to the midpoint of the costa. Creamy white marks in the subterminal area are usually quite distinct. (1)
Range
e. NA, w. Coast to se AZ / W. Indies - Map – MPG
Season
mostly: Apr-Oct, yr round in FL (MPG)
Food
Larvae feed on various shrubs, especially Rhus (sumac, poison ivy) and Hamamelis (witch hazel) and, in the south, Euphorbia. (1)
See Also
Epiblema abruptana
Internet References
BOLD Systems - pinned images of DNA supported specimens
Works Cited
1.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.