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Species Platynota idaeusalis - Tufted Apple Bud Moth - Hodges#3740

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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 Sparganothini
Genus Platynota
Species idaeusalis (Tufted Apple Bud Moth - Hodges#3740)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platynota idaeusalis (Walker, 1859)
Hypena ? idaeusalis Walker, 1859 (1)
Phylacteritis dioptrica Meyrick, 1922 (Exotic Microlepidoptera 2)(2)
Platynota sentana Clemens, 1860 (3)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet possibly for the host plant Rubus idaeus (raspberry), although Walker makes no mention of it. The host species name idaeus refers to its occurrence on Mount Ida near Troy in northwest Turkey, where the ancient Greeks were most familiar with it. (4)
Wingspan 12-25 mm. (4)
Forewing length 6.0-12.5 mm. (5)
Larva to 13-18 mm. (5)
Adult - forewing as with many Platynota, texture may be vermiculated • Large basal area, grayish near inner margin with darker gray in the middle and brownish near costa • Sometimes dark, circular spots in basal area • AM starts near the middle of inner margin, angling upward toward costa • Median area mottled with reddish browns, with three lines of raised scales • Reniform spot dark and round • PM sinuous and broken. Also see TortAI in Internet References. (5)
Found in eastern North America, from Ontario, south to Florida, west to Oklahoma. (4)
Adults fly in June and July in the north. (4)
Larval hosts include apple, black ash, blackhaw, bloodroot, blueberry, clover, goldenrod, ironweed, Osage-orange, pine, willow, as well as shrubby blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) and American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus). (6), (5)
Life Cycle
Multiple generations per year. See TortAI in Internet References. (5)
Print References
Covell, pp. 421-422 & plate 60#16 (7)
Walker, F., 1859. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XIX - Pyralides. British Museum (Natural History), p.839. (1)
Works Cited
1.List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XIX - Pyralides.
Francis Walker. 1859. British Museum (Natural History), p.800-1036.
2.Exotic Microlepidoptera, volumes 1-5, 1912-1937. (1969 reprint)
J. F. Gates Clarke, Edward Meyrick, T. B. Bainbrigge-Fletcher, J. T. Janse. 1969. E. W. Classey Ltd.
3.Contributions to American lepidopterology - No. 6.
Brackenridge Clemens. 1860. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 345-362.
5.Tortricids of Agricultural Importance
Todd M. Gilligan and Marc E. Epstein.
6.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
7.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
8.North American Moth Photographers Group
9.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems