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Species Olethreutes ferrolineana - Hodges#2838.1

Tortricid (?) with metallic scales - Olethreutes ferrolineana Moth - Olethreutes coruscana or ferrolineana? - Olethreutes ferrolineana Olethreutes coruscana? - Olethreutes ferrolineana Which tortricid? - Olethreutes ferrolineana Tortricid IMG_7064 - Olethreutes ferrolineana Mottled Moth on blade of grass - Olethreutes ferrolineana - female Tortricid - Olethreutes ferrolineana Olethreutes ferrolineana
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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 Olethreutini
Genus Olethreutes
Species ferrolineana (Olethreutes ferrolineana - Hodges#2838.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carpocapsa ferrolineana Walker, 1863 (1)
Heinrich (1926) synonymized with Olethreutes coruscana Fernald (2)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "iron-lined" for the "seven shining chalybeous [made of iron or steel] transverse lines" on the wings. (1)
FWL: 6.5-9.5 mm. (3)
This species is similar to O. astrologana and O. coruscana but tends to have more gold on the forewing (3). Overall, O. ferrolineana tends to have a "cleaner", less mottled look to it, with larger areas of pure orange-gold. However, there is considerable variation, so dissection is the only foolproof method of separating these three similar species.
New Hampshire to Minnesota, south to North Carolina and Arkansas. (3)
This is a common species of old fields in the Midwest. (3)
One of several Nearctic Olethreutes s. l. species with iridescent spots on the forewings:

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astrologana                  coruscana                    ferrolineana                 metallica                      nordeggana                 sordidana                     galaxana

siderana                      concretana                   auricapitana                 nr. auricapitana            albiciliana                    agilana
See Also
Olethreutes coruscana - Separated by dissection, see Print References.
Olethreutes astrologana - Outer dark markings contrast less with ground color.
Print References
Miller, W.E., 1985. Nearctic Olethreutes: five new synonymies, two revised statuses, and notes (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 87: 408-417.
Walker, F., 1863. Tortricites & Tineites. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum, 28: 395. (1)
Works Cited
1.List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XXVIII – Tortricites and Tineites
Francis Walker. 1863. British Museum (Natural History), p.287-561.
2.Revision of the North American moths of the subfamilies Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae
Carl Heinrich. 1926. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 132: 1-216.
3.Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States, An Identification Guide
Gilligan, Todd M., Donald J. Wright, and Loran D. Gibson. 2008. Ohio Biological Survey, P.O. Box 21370, Columbus, Ohio 43221-0370.