Other Common Names
Dead Leaf Roller
Black-and-gray Banded Leafroller
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syndemis afflictana (Walker, 1863)
Sciaphila ? afflictana
Walker, 1863 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin afflictandus meaning "struck down, harrassed, tormented,"
Adult: wings bicolored - basal half silvery, distal half brownish-gray; surface sprinkled with short squiggly streaks.
Larva: head green, unmarked; body yellowish-green with yellowish subdorsal stripe and prominent cream-colored spiracular stripe.
Across southern Canada and northern US; in the west, extends south in the mountains to California. Also occurs in Florida.
Described material: St. Martin’s Falls, Albany River, Hudson’s Bay (Dr. Barnston
); Nova Scotia (Lieut. Redman).
Rare in collections because adults fly in early spring (Powell, 1996).
Larvae feed on various trees species, according to geographic location: Douglas-fir, subalpine fir, balsam fir, mountain alder, apple, white birch, maple, spruce, tamarack, willow.
One generation per year; overwinters as a penultimate-stage larva; pupation occurs in early June.
Powell, J.A., 1996. Biosystematic studies of conifer-feeding Choristoneura (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in the Western United States. University of California Press
Walker, F., 1863. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XXVIII – Tortricites and Tineites. British Museum (Natural History)