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Species Morrisonia confusa - Confused Woodgrain - Hodges#10521

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Orthosiini
Genus Morrisonia
Species confusa (Confused Woodgrain - Hodges#10521)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Black Cherry leafroller (larvae)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Morrisonia confusa (Hübner, 1831)
Phylogenetic sequence #932803
WS≈35 mm (1)
TL≈18-22mm (2)
Adult: Tan-colored FW with bark-like pattern of brown streaks between white-speckled veins. Basal area is marked with two black dashes. PM jagged, edged with white near inner margin. (2)
Mark Dreiling's DNA Specimen

Eastern North America, from Canada to Florida (1)
Flies from April to June, depending on the location. (1)
Polyphagous, with larvae feeding on various deciduous trees, including basswood, birch, ironwood, oak, poplar, sweet gale, sweetgum, and wild black cherry. (1)
Life Cycle
Larva; older larva; adult
Print References
Covell, p. 108, plate 22 #9. (4)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (3)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (5)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)
Encylopdia of Life - images of live and pinned adults
Biology of Morrisonia confusa - detailed description of larva (PDF)
Works Cited
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems