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Species Platynota exasperatana - Exasperating Platynota - Hodges#3743

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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 Tortricinae
Tribe Sparganothini
Genus Platynota
Species exasperatana (Exasperating Platynota - Hodges#3743)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platynota exasperatana (Zeller, 1875)
Tortrix exasperatana Zeller, 1875
Sparganothis scotiana McDunnough, 1961
wingspan about 13 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing pale gray, shaded with darker gray to blackish in median and basal areas, and marked with traces of black lines; pale blotches may be present along costa in median area; diffuse gray spot usually visible in subterminal area near anal angle; hindwing variably light to dark brownish-gray
Quebec to Florida(1), west to Texas(2), north to Michigan and Ontario
adults fly in July and August
no information found on Internet; other Platynota species feed on a variety of herbaceous and woody plants
BOLD has this species in two BIN clusters, one with a mostly northern range shown here and the other with a mostly southern range here. It's closest relative, Platynota semiustana, is shown here. [Update, 4/2/17: Need to fix refs. These links to BOLD are broken and the referenced BINs are not found in a search of BOLD at present.]
Print References
Powell, J.A. & J.W. Brown, 2012. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 8.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 120; pl. E, figs.11-16. (3)
Internet References
live adult images plus description and flight dates (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult images from Indiana by Jim Vargo (Dalton State College, Georgia)