Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Celypha cespitana - Celypha Moth - Hodges#2859

small moth - Celypha cespitana tortricid moth ? - Celypha cespitana Celypha cespitana Celypha cespitana Haddonfield 8 mm - Celypha cespitana Tort - Celypha cespitana Celypha Moth - Celypha cespitana Tortricoidea - Celypha cespitana Celypha cespitana  - Celypha cespitana
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Olethreutini
Genus Celypha
Species cespitana (Celypha Moth - Hodges#2859)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Olethreutes cespitana
described in 1817 by Hubner, who originally placed it in genus Tortrix
Explanation of Names
cespitana: from the Latin "caespes" (a turf); in botany, "cespitose" means growing in bunches or tufts or clumps, as in tufted grasses, but I don't know how this relates to the moth
the only species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
1 of 16 species in the genus in Eurasia listed at FUNET
wingspan 12-16 mm
Adult: forewing dark brownish-gray with broad pale AM band containing dark wiggly/broken lines; median and basal areas with scattered pale scales, giving a speckled appearance; area beyond PM line a mix of convoluted pale lines and dark patches; several short oblique dark marks along costa; hindwing medium brownish-gray with dark veins
Quebec to South Carolina, west to Manitoba and Nebraska
also occurs in Eurasia
adults fly from late May to early September
larvae feed on clover (Trifolium spp.), cottonwood (Populus spp.), and strawberry (Fragaria spp.)
See Also
Olethreutes olivaceana forewing is greener and AM band is darker, showing less contrast against ground color; other Olethreutes species have a whiter/less marked AM band or a different pattern on the forewing (compare images of numerous species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Internet References
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult image by Peter Buchner (Norfolk Moths, UK)
pinned adult image by Bert Gustafsson (Natural History Museum of Sweden)
5 pinned adult images with date and location labels (Todd Gilligan,
9 pinned adult images with collection site map showing presence in Quebec, Manitoba, and North Carolina (All-Leps)
pinned adult image (James Durbin, Iowa)
larval foodplants plus prepared specimen photos (Ohio State U.)
presence in Vermont; list (Vermont Institute of Natural Science)
presence in South Carolina; county map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Nebraska; date and location search on species "cespitana" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)