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Species Epiblema scudderiana - Goldenrod Gall Moth - Hodges#3186

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Classification
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 Eucosmini
Genus Epiblema
Species scudderiana (Goldenrod Gall Moth - Hodges#3186)
Hodges Number
3186
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epiblema scudderiana (Clemens, 1860)
Hedya scudderiana Clemens, 1860 (1)
Euryptychia saligneana (Clemens, 1865)
Paedisca affusana (Zeller, 1875)
Eucosma scudderiana (Fernald, [1903])
Phylogenetic sequence #621082
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of Samuel Hubbard Scudder who collected the specimens. (358)
Numbers
There are more than 40 named species of Epiblema in America north of Mexico.
Size
Wingspan 20-22 mm. (2)
Identification
Description in PDF: (1)
Rests with wings rolled around body in shape of cylinder; basal third is dark brown or black, middle third is off-white, distal third is light bluish-gray; series of short diagonal stripes along outer third of costa, more pronounced toward apex. [adapted from description by Lynn Scott.
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Range
Found throughout eastern North America. (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7),(8)
California(?) (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Main flight of adults is March to September. (2)
Food
Larvae feed on Solidago L. (goldenrod). (9)
Gall
Remarks
The larvae of this species have been studied for their cold-hardiness. As the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius and below, larvae produce glycerol to protect themselves from freezing. (10)
Epiblema scudderiana is winter host for 12 parasites, (6 Ichneumonids, 4 Braconids, 1 Eupelmid, and 1 Tachinid). (11)
See Also
Notocelia rosaecolana


Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths and pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Clemens, B. 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology no.6. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 358
Kelleher, M.J., Rickards, J. & K.B. Storey. 1987. Strategies of freeze avoidance in larvae of the goldenrod gall moth, Epiblema scudderiana: Laboratory investigations of temperature cues in the regulation of cold hardiness. Journal of Insect Physiology, 33: 581-586. (10)
Plakidas, J.D. 1978. Epiblema scudderiana (Clemens) (Lepidoptera: Olethreutidae), a winter host reservoir for parasitic insects in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 86(3): 220-223. (11)