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Species Rhyacionia bushnelli - Hodges#2883

Rhyacionia fumosana? - Rhyacionia bushnelli
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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 Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Rhyacionia (Pine Tip Moths)
Species bushnelli (Rhyacionia bushnelli - Hodges#2883)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhyacionia bushnelli (Busck, 1914)
Evitria bushnelli Busck, 1914 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #620711
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of Colonel George Ensign Bushnell (1853-1924) "to whom is due credit to all the information we have on its biology." (1)
Wingspan 12-19 mm. (1)
Forewing length 5-8 mm. (2)
Records from Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama and Maryland. (3), (2)
Type locality: Fort Bayard, New Mexico (G.E. Bushnell).
Larvae feed gregariously on the terminal twigs of pine, including ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana). (4), (1)
Life Cycle
One generation per year in the Dakotas, 2 per year in Nebr.(5)
The adults is indistinguishable from the Nantucket pine tip moth (R. frustrana), altho it tends to be larger. It is believed this species is separate because of its overwintering habit and size.(5) - See also Miller's taxonomic review.
Print References
Busck, A. 1914. Descriptions of new microlepidoptera of forest trees. Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington 16: 144. (1)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of new Microlepidoptera of forest trees
August Busck. 1914. Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington 16: 143-150.
2.Nearctic pine tip moths of the genus Rhyacionia: Biosystematic review (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae, Olethreutinae)
Powell, Jerry A. 1978. United States Department of Agriculture.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database
5.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.