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Species Acrobasis vaccinii - Cranberry Fruitworm - Hodges#5653

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Acrobasis
No Taxon (Acrobasis vaccinii species group)
Species vaccinii (Cranberry Fruitworm - Hodges#5653)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acrobasis vaccinii Riley, 1884
* phylogenetic sequence #167900
Explanation of Names
named for the genus of one of the larval hosts (Vaccinium)
Larvae mature to 12.5-15.8 mm(1)
Pupae 7.5-8.4 mm(1)
Per Brian Scholtens here: "...The relatively thin black line going to the mid-costa and the speckling of red in the white areas tend to say vaccinii."
Pupae - yellowish brown, slightly darker dorsally(1)
Larvae - head pale yellow with pale brownish-yellow maculation. Thorax reddish yellow above to greenish laterally. Dorsum of abdomen reddish yellow; venter green to yellow green(1)
Michigan northeast across Canada to Nova Scotia and south to Florida(1)
larvae feed in fruits on seeds of Vaccinium australe (Small blueberry) and V. stamineum L. (deerberry) V. corymbosum L. (blueberry), V. macrocarpon (cranberry), F. vitis-idaea L. (cowberry or mountain cranberry), and Gaylussacia spp. (huckleberry)(1)
See Also
Acrobasis amplexella
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
Works Cited
1.Taxonomy of Acrobasis larvae and pupae in Eastern North America (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).
H. H. Neunzig. 1972. USDA Technical Bulletin 1457.