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Genus Argyrotaenia

Bird Dropping Moth? - Argyrotaenia mariana Red-banded Leafroller - Argyrotaenia velutinana Crambid? - Argyrotaenia franciscana Oak Leafroller Moth - Hodges #3623 - Argyrotaenia quercifoliana lesser all-green leafroller - Argyrotaenia quadrifasciana Argyrotaenia tabulana - Lodgepole needletier moth - Argyrotaenia Moth 55 - Argyrotaenia Argyrotaenia occultana - Argyrotaenia velutinana
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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 Argyrotaenia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Argyrotaenia Stephens, 1852
Explanation of Names
From the Greek "argyros" (silver) + "tainia" (a ribbon or tape) [Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 1983].
Pohl, et al. (2016) list 35 species, all included here.(1) An additional species, A. purata in the Hodges checklist (#3612.1) was deemed not to occur in North America and excluded. This guide should be used only as a first step in identification; some species can't be confidently separated from photos. The first several species listed here are especially difficult to separate and require additional taxonomic work to refine species limits.

A. velutinana                                                                                                                        A. montezumae            A. hodgesi                   A. floridana                  A. kimballi


A. repertana                 A. pinatubana                                                                                   A. tabulana


A. spaldingiana             A. gogana                    A. amatana                                                    A. occultana                 A. coloradana               A. provana                   A. lignitaenia

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A. franciscana                                                                                    A. isolatissima             A. niscana                    A. paiuteana                 A. burroughsi               A. dorsalana

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A. lautana                    A. klotsi                       A. quadrifasciana          A. juglandana               A. quercifoliana            A. alisellana                 A. mariana                   A. burnsorum

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A. ivana                                                         A. martini                     A. graceana                 A. coconinana               A. bialbistriata

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Works Cited
1.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016.
2.New Argyrotaenia and Choristoneura Moths from Florida
John B. Heppner. 1989. Florida Entomologist, Vol. 72, No. 1, pp. 102-103.
3.Five new species of Argyrotaenia (Tortricidae: Archipini) from Mexico and the southwestern United States
John W. Brown, Ashley Cramer . 1999. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 53(3): 114-125.
4.Descriptions of new species of Argyrontaenia in the southwestern United States (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).
Jerry A. Powell. 1960. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 36(2): 83-97.
5.Descriptions of and notes on North and Central American species of Argyrotaenia, with the description of a new genus.
Nicholas S. Obraztsov. 1961. American Museum Novitates, no. 2048: pp.1-42.