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Species Machimia tentoriferella - Gold-striped Leaftier - Hodges#0951

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
No Taxon (Incertae sedis)
Genus Machimia
Species tentoriferella (Gold-striped Leaftier - Hodges#0951)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Machimia tentoriferella Clemens, 1860
* placed in family Oecophoridae by Nye and Fletcher (1991).
* placed in family Amphisbatidae by Hodges in Kristensen (1999).
Explanation of Names
TENTORIFERELLA: from the Latin "tentorium" (a tent); probably a reference to the rolled or tied leaf enclosure made by the larva.
Wingspan 20-26 mm. (1)
Adult - forewing yellowish-gray to grayish-brown; two sharp blackish dots in AM line and reniform spot positions that form a triangle with more diffuse spot on inner margin; diffuse PM line usually present; hindwing pale grayish-brown. (1) Labial palps upturned and may extend partly over head.
Nova Scotia to North Carolina/Tennessee, west to Mississippi and Iowa, north to Ontario. (1)
Larvae roll or tie leaves of foodplant together in woodlands, wood edges, suburban yards; adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Two flight seasons (June & July and September & October). Most reports of adults are from late August to October; peak numbers in September. (1)
Larvae feed on leaves of a variety of shrubs and trees: apple, ash, balsam poplar, basswood, beech, birch, butternut, cherry, chestnut, dogwood, elm, hazel, hickory, lilac, maple, mountain-ash, oak, Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). (2), (1), and Charley Eiseman
Life Cycle
The larvae lives and feeds inside a folded leaf.(3)
Life Cycle Images:
larval leaf shelter; inside leaf shelter; larva; larva; cocoon; adult

Print References
Clemens, B., 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology - no.4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 1860: 212
Hodges, R.W., 1974. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc. p. 86; pl. 5, figs. 26-28. (4)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Insects of Eastern Forests
Arnold T. Drooz, (editors). 1985. USDA Forest Service Misc. Publication 1426.
3.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 6.2 Gelechioidea, Oecophoridae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1974. E. W. Classey Ltd. and RBD Publications Inc.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems