Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Archips mortuana Kearfott, 1907
Kearfott, 1907 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #620324
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "death." Originally described as a subspecies of Archips argyrospila
with all colors "replaced by grays" giving it a dead appearance. (1)
MPG records from Maine, Michigan, and New York. (3)
Types and other described material: Ottawa, Sept. 23 and April 21 (C.H. Young
); Hampton, New Hampshire, Oct. 18, Mar. 28 to May 2 (S. Albert Shaw
MPG records from May to August (3)
"Chapman and Lienk (1971) consider apple and hawthorn to be the primary larval hosts in the northeastern U.S." (2)
"Females lay eggs in masses of approximately 60-80 individual eggs. Eggs overwinter and first instar larvae hatch the following spring. Larvae feed primarily on leaves and pupation occurs within the final larval feeding site" (2)
is part of the Archips argyrospila
species complex, and it was once hypothesized to simply be a dark form of A. argyrospila
(Powell, 1964). Chapman and Lienk (1971) demonstrated that the sex pheromone for A. mortuana
is different from A. argyrospila
, providing evidence that the two are indeed separate species" (2)
Chapman, P.J. & S.E. Lienk. 1971. Tortricid fauna of apple in New York (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae); including an account of apple's occurrence in the state, especially as a naturalized plant. Spec. Publ. Geneva, NY: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. 122 pp.
Freeman, T.N., 1958. The Archipinae of North America (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). The Canadian Entomologist Supplement 7 (Vol. 90): 1-89.
Kearfott, W.D., 1907. New micro-lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist
Powell, J.A., 1964. Biological and taxonomic studies on tortricine moths, with reference to the species in California. University of California Publications in Entomology 32: 317 pp.