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Species Archips argyrospila - Fruit-Tree Leafroller Moth - Hodges#3648

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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 Archipini
Genus Archips
Species argyrospila (Fruit-Tree Leafroller Moth - Hodges#3648)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Apple Leaf Roller
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Archips argyrospila (Walker, 1863)
Retinia argyrospila Walker, 1863 (1)
Explanation of Names
argyrospila - Latin for 'silver hair' (2)
Forewing length 7-12 mm. (3)
Adults - "FW cream and yellow, heavily mottled with reddish to blackish brown. 2 whitish costal spots are sharpest markings. HW dark gray." (4) Sexually dimorphic and geographically variable. Males dark brown to reddish brown with distictive white markings proceding and following a median transverse fascia which becomes diffuse toward the dorsal area. Hindwing gray with pale fringe. Females have blurred forewing pattern. Western populations vary to pale, golden tan form with white hindwing. Colorado populations A. a. vividanus tend to have bright reddish scaling, whereas those in the Pacific Northwest A. a. columbianus and California are darker with an olive cast. (3)

Larvae - bright green with black HC until the last instar, which has a dark gray dorsum caused by minute, black spirulae, and a browish head capsule. (3)
Widely distributed: CA-FL-NS-BC - Map (MPG)
Type locality: Georgia.
Mostly Apr-Aug (MPG), but only three weeks at any one location. (3)
Larva (Fruit Tree Leaf-roller) feeds on leaves of many plants including:
apple, pear, apricot, cherry, peach, plum, alfalfa, beans, blueberries, cedar, grapes, elms, oaks, onions. It may feed on leaves, flowers, buds, or fruits.
Life Cycle
One generation a year. Eggs are laid in June and July and hatch the following year. They are laid in masses on twigs of host. The female covers them with a substance that hardens to create a smooth, hard surface.
Overwinter as eggs.(5)
Young larvae feeds on buds, blossoms, young fruit, and unfolding leaves which they web together with silk. When mature they for a nest with these webbed leaves. Pupation occurs in flimsy cocoons spun inside the nest or on the branches or trunk of the trees.(5)
Considered a pest of apples and pears, especially.
In the first half of the 20th century there were severe outbreaks. They were brought under control by pesticides in the mid-1950's.
Print References
Walker, F., 1863. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XXVIII – Tortricites and Tineites. British Museum (Natural History), p.373. (1)
Works Cited
1.List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XXVIII – Tortricites and Tineites
Francis Walker. 1863. British Museum (Natural History), p.287-561.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
5.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.