Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epiblema scudderiana (Clemens, 1860)
Clemens, 1860 (1)
Euryptychia saligneana (Clemens, 1865)
Paedisca affusana (Zeller, 1875)
Eucosma scudderiana (Fernald, )
Phylogenetic sequence #621082
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of Samuel Hubbard Scudder
(1837-1911) who collected the specimens. (1)
There are more than 40 named species of Epiblema in America north of Mexico.
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
Found throughout eastern North America. (3)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Type locality: Massachusetts (S.H. Scudder).
Main flight of adults is March to September. (3)
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. (11)
is winter host for 12 parasites, (6 Ichneumonids, 4 Braconids, 1 Eupelmid, and 1 Tachinid). (12)
Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths
plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Clemens, B. 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology no.6. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
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. (11)
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. (12)