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Species Olethreutes inornatana - Inornate Olethreutes - Hodges#2788

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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 Olethreutinae
Tribe Olethreutini
Genus Olethreutes
Species inornatana (Inornate Olethreutes - Hodges#2788)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1860 by Clemens, who originally placed it in genus Exartema
wingspan about 19 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing pale yellowish or silvery-gray with scattered black speckling; dark shading around perimeter (along outer margin and mid-way along costa) may extend inward to cover more of wing surface in some individuals; thorax chestnut-colored with central blackish patch (visible as raised tufts of scales when viewed from the side); colors in preserved specimens more subdued (duller and darker) than in live individuals; hindwing gray with dark veins and either pale or dark fringe.
Maine and Quebec to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to Illinois and Maryland; also reported from Kansas, Texas, and Alberta.
Brushy or wooded areas containing larval foodplant; adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Adults fly from May to August.
larvae feed on leaves of Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), dogwood (Cornus spp.), and strawberry (Fragaria spp.); also reported to feed on White Oak (Quercus alba).
See Also
Olethreutes mysteriana is similar but lacks a chestnut thorax, and has less dark shading along outer margin of forewing (see comparison photos in MPG links below). O. quadrifidum is superficially similar but can be easily separated from O. inornatana by dissection.
Internet References
live adult images plus description, larval foodplants, flight dates (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult image by Dave Beadle, plus common name reference and photos of related species by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
adult images plus dates and larval foodplants (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image plus date and location (Todd Gilligan,
pinned adult image plus habitat, seasonality, description, distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult images and photos of related species by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
larval foodplants and adult collection dates (Ohio State U.)
locations and dates in Kentucky (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
synonym and citation of White Oak as hostplant (Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)