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Species Acleris forsskaleana - Maple Leaftier - Hodges#3501

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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 Tortricini
Genus Acleris
Species forsskaleana (Maple Leaftier - Hodges#3501)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Hairnet Acleris
Maple Button
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acleris forsskaleana (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalaena (Tortrix) forsskaleana Linnaeus 1758 (1)
forskaleana is a common spelling .(2)
Explanation of Names
Named for Peter Forsskål (1732-1763), a Swedish explorer, orientalist, naturalist, and disciple of Carl Linnaeus. He died of malaria at age 31 on an expedition to Yemen.
Wingspan 12-16 mm. (3)
Mature larva 12-13 mm in length.
Adult: forewing reticulate with brownish-orange, partly bordered with black, and suffused centrally with dark gray.
Larva: head yellowish green, shining and unmarked, region of stemmata brownish; prothoracic plate greenish; abdomen whitish yellow, translucent; prolegs not sclerotized laterally; pinacula minute, slightly lighter in colour than ground colour of abdomen; anal plate yellowish green; anal comb present; thoracic legs light green; when full-grown, larva becomes bright yellowish-green prior to pupation [description adapted from Eurasian Tortricidae site].
Larvae feed on leaves of maple and sycamore.
Life Cycle
Pupates in a white silken cocoon spun in a folded leaf of the food plant.
Some sources indicate introduced from Europe, but listed by Canada as native.
Print References
Linnaeus, C., 1758. Systema Naturae, 10th ed., p. 531. (1)
Works Cited
1.Systema Naturae, 10th ed.
Carolus Linnaeus (Carl Linné). 1758.
2.World Catalogue of Insects, Vol. 5: Tortricidae (Lepidoptera)
John Wesley Brown, Joaquin Baixeras. 2005. Apollo Books.
3.British Lepidoptera