Other Common Names
Maple Shoot Borer (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Proteoteras moffatiana Fernald, 1905
Phylogenetic sequence #621138
Explanation of Names
Named for J. Alston Moffat
, curator of the Entomological Society of London, Ontario in the late 1800s.
Adult - "When fresh, it is immediately distinguishable from most other members of the Tortricidae family by its green forewings" [Lynn Scott]. An irregular blackish line begins about mid-way along costa and extends in an arc to a point near but not reaching the apex; blackish streaks or smudges extend from base to a raised "bump" of scales in antemedial area; distal half of costa marked by short streaks of green, dark gray, and whitish; hindwing brownish-gray, paler toward base; thorax has green bump of raised scales posteriorly.
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Texas and at least Wisconsin and Ontario.
Described material: London, Ontario (Moffat); Lancaster, NY (Oct. 22 1880); Milford, NH (Whitney
, June 28, 1870).
Larvae feed inside the buds of Sugar Maple
) and other maple species.
Overwinters as a larva in bud of maple tree.
Maple Twig Borer Moth
) flies in April and May in the east, and forewing has less extensive/conspicuous green.
) forewing has heavy black crescent that extends to apex, and ground color is not green.
Fernald, 1905. A new species of North American Proteoteras. The Canadian Entomologist