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Species Argyrotaenia velutinana - Red-banded Leafroller - Hodges#3597

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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
Species velutinana (Red-banded Leafroller - Hodges#3597)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1863 by Walker, who originally placed it in genus Cacoecia
Explanation of Names
VELUTINANA: from "velutum" (velvet)
wingspan 13-15 mm, based on several Internet photos
larvae length to 16 mm
Adult: forewing has wide diagonal median band that is reddish in female, blackish in male; basal area light yellowish-brown with darker shading near inner margin; pale whitish shading in AM area at inner margin forms diamond-shaped patch when wings are held together at rest; whitish shading beyond median band except for dark triangular patch along costa in PM area; hindwing dirty white to light gray with pale fringe

Larva: body green with pale dorsal stripe; head yellowish
eastern United States and southeastern Canada: Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to Texas and at least Iowa; also occurs in British Columbia
orchards, gardens, yards, waste places
adults fly from February/March to September/October
larvae feed on leaves and fruit of apple and other fruit trees, plus spruce, vegetables and various other plants
Life Cycle
two to four generations per year; overwinters as a pupa in folded leaves on the ground; adults emerge early in spring
larvae can be serious pests in apple orchards, eating the leaves and fruit
this species showed resistance to DDT and TDE in the 1950s and 60s
See Also
compare images of this and related species by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
live adult images showing variation in color and pattern in Maryland, plus common name reference (Bob Patterson, Moth Photographers Group)
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images plus description, flight dates, and larval foodplants (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
100 pinned adult images plus collection site map showing presence in Quebec, Ontario, and North Carolina (All-Leps)
pinned adult images and photos of related species (James Durbin, Iowa)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (
live larva image (Clemson U., South Carolina,
illustrated species account with photos of damage and info on biology and life history (North Carolina State U.)
common name reference plus flight season and larval food (Ohio State U.)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in British Columbia; list (U. of British Columbia)
habitat, identification, and life history information (U of Alberta Entomology Collection)