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Species Xenotemna pallorana - Hodges#3693

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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 Xenotemna
Species pallorana (Xenotemna pallorana - Hodges#3693)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xenotemna pallorana (Robinson, 1869)
Tortrix pallorana Robinson, 1869 (1)
Tortrix lata Robinson, 1869 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin pallor meaning "pale," for the wings "pale ochreous, without markings." (1)
Forewing length 8.5-14.0 mm. (2)
Larva to 16-28 mm. (2)
Adult: forewing relatively broad with outwardly-bowed costa and rounded apex, light yellow with no markings but slightly darker yellow at base; top of thorax darker yellow than forewing; hindwing pale grayish-yellow with white fringe.
Larva: head, thoracic shield, and abdomen green.
Widespread in the continental United States and southern Canada. (2)
Type locality: Illinois/Pennsylvania.
Larvae feed primarily on alfalfa and white sweet clover but are polyphagous on a variety of plants and trees, including pine. For a complete list see TortAI. (2)
Life Cycle
Two generations per year
Overwinters as a late-instar larva in hibernaculae spun within folded leaves.(3)
Larva; pupa; adult
See Also
Clemens' Clepsis forewing is relatively narrower, with a straighter costa and sharply-pointed apex (not rounded).
Print References
Nobbs, C.A., 1997. Xenotemna pallorana, a possible alternative host for Colpoclypeus florus using alfalfa ground cover in orchard systems. Master of Science in Entomology thesis. p.1-62 (PDF)
Robinson, C.T., 1869. Notes on American Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 2: 266; Pl.1, f.13. (1)
Works Cited
1.Notes on American Tortricidae.
Coleman T. Robinson. 1869. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 2: 261-288.
2.Tortricids of Agricultural Importance
Todd M. Gilligan and Marc E. Epstein.
3.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.University of Alberta Entomology Collection