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Species Proteoteras moffatiana - Gray-flanked Proteoteras - Hodges#3235

Proteoteras moffatiana Moth - Proteoteras moffatiana Proteoteras moffatiana - Gray-flanked Proteoteras - Hodges#3235 - Proteoteras moffatiana Gray-flanked Proteoteras - Proteoteras moffatiana Prototeras of long ago - Proteoteras moffatiana Proteoteras aesculana ? - Proteoteras moffatiana 3235 Maple Bud Borer (Proteateras moffatiana) - Proteoteras moffatiana Proteoteras moffatiana
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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 Proteoteras
Species moffatiana (Gray-flanked Proteoteras - Hodges#3235)
Hodges Number
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.
Wingspan 14-20 mm.
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 (Acer saccharum) and other maple species.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a larva in bud of maple tree.
See Also
Maple Twig Borer Moth (P. aesculana) flies in April and May in the east, and forewing has less extensive/conspicuous green.
Black-crescent Proteoteras (P. crescentana) forewing has heavy black crescent that extends to apex, and ground color is not green.
Print References
Fernald, 1905. A new species of North American Proteoteras. The Canadian Entomologist 37(1): 16.