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Species Retinia comstockiana - Pitch Twig Moth - Hodges#2889

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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 Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Retinia
Species comstockiana (Pitch Twig Moth - Hodges#2889)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Pitch-pine branch miner
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Retinia comstockiana Fernald, 1879
Petrova comstockiana (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #620719
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of Professor J. Henry Comstock, "who found the larvae boring in the stems of Pinus rigida at Ithaca."
Wingspan 14-20 mm. (1)
Records from Eastern United States, South Carolina and Tennessee north to Maine. (2)
Type locality: Ithaca, NY.
Larval hosts are pitch pine (Pinus rigida), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). (1)
Life Cycle
Eggs are deposited on twigs. The larvae bore into and downward for 3-4" and pitch masses form over the entry holes. Pupations occurs under these masses.(3)
Overwinter as larvae under pitch masses.(3)
One generation per year.(3)
Print References
Fernald, C.H. 1879. Tortricidae. The Canadian Entomologist 11(8): 157-158
Works Cited
1.Revision of the North American moths of the subfamily Eucosminae of the family Olethreutidae
Carl Heinrich. 1923. United States National Museum Bulletin 123: 1-298.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.