Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Olethreutes inornatana (Clemens, 1860)
Clemens, 1860 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "unadorned, undecorated."
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.
Larva - head and anal shield blackish, body white to pale green with pale reddish brown bands. (1)
Maine and Quebec to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to Illinois and Maryland; also reported from Kansas, Texas, and Alberta.
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
is similar but lacks a chestnut thorax, and has less dark shading along outer margin of forewing.
is superficially similar but can be easily separated from O. inornatana
Clemens, B., 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology - No. 6. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia