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Species Clepsis melaleucanus - Black-patched Clepsis Moth - Hodges#3686

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Classification
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 Clepsis
Species melaleucanus (Black-patched Clepsis Moth - Hodges#3686)
Hodges Number
3686
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Clepsis melaleucanus (Walker, 1863)
Lophoderus melaleucanus Walker, 1863 (1)
Ptycholoma semifuscana Clemens, 1864 (2)
Conchylis invexana Walker, 1863 (1)
Lozotaenia biustulana Stephens, 1834 (3)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Greek μέλας + λευκός meaning "dark and light," presumably for the dark dorsal patch on the light ground color of the forewings. Melaleuca is a genus of myrtle but Walker makes no mention of a host plant in his description.
Size
Wingspan about 20 mm. (4)
Forewing length 8.5-11 mm. (5)
Larva to 14-19 mm. (5)
Identification
Larva - body pale green, head yellow-brown.
Range
Alberta to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina and Missouri. (6)
Food
Larva feeds on cohosh (Caulophyllum sp.), Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum sp.), and trillium (Trillium sp.) (Razowski 1979). TortAI also includes green alder, mountain alder, wintergreen, witchhazel and meadowsweet. (5)
Life Cycle
Larva makes a tight roll of a leaf or bract, venturing out to feed upon nearby foliage or flowers. (6)
Print References
Razowski J., 1979. Revision of the Genus Clepsis Guenée (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae). Part I. Acta Zoological Cracoviensia 23(8): 101-198.
Walker, F., 1863. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XXVIII – Tortricites and Tineites. British Museum (Natural History), p.335. (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.North American micro-lepidoptera.
Brackenridge Clemens. 1864. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, 3(3): 505-520.
3.Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions.
James Francis Stephens. 1834. Haustellata 4: 1-433.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.Tortricids of Agricultural Importance
Todd M. Gilligan and Marc E. Epstein.
6.University of Alberta Entomology Collection