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Species Achatodes zeae - Elder Shoot Borer - Hodges#9520

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Achatodes
Species zeae (Elder Shoot Borer - Hodges#9520)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
The larvae are called spindle worm.
Perceur du sureau - En français… Ilze V-G.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Achatodes zeae (Harris, 1841)
Gortyna zeae Harris, 1841
Phylogenetic sequence # 932444 (1)
The only species in this genus in North America.
Forewing dark reddish with silvery gray patches; orange patch at apex; a double row of black spots forms a partial subterminal line.
Eastern North America.
Found near host plants in agricultural or suburban areas.
adults fly from July to September
The larvae bore into stems of elderberry, corn, dahlia, and grasses.
Print References
Silver, J.C. 1933. Biology and morphology of the spindle worm, or elder borer. USDA Techical Bulletin #345. Washington, D.C. PDF