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Species Proteoteras willingana - Boxelder Twig Borer - Hodges#3232

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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 Proteoteras
Species willingana (Boxelder Twig Borer - Hodges#3232)
Hodges Number
3232
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Proteoteras willingana (Kearfott, 1904)
Proteopteryx willingana Kearfott, 1904
Phylogenetic sequence #621135
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for Thomas Nathaniel Willing (1858-1920) "in whose honour the species is named." Willing came west as a surveyor and fought in the Battle of Frenchman's Butte. He was appointed Game Warden and Inspector of Weeds for the Northwest Territories. From 1910-1920 he was University of Saskatchewan assistant professor of Natural History where he established the first collections. Kearfott identified and described several species collected by Willing. (1)
Size
Wingspan 18-20 mm (Kearfott, 1904).
Range
Records from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec, Maine south to Tennessee, west to Oklahoma and Iowa. (2), (1)
Food
Larvae feed mostly on Boxelder (Acer negundo), but have been reported on Red Maple (Acer rubrum) . First they skeletonize the undersides of the leaves, then they bore into twigs and buds, which causes a spindle-shaped gall. (3)
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
Twig gall; larva inside gall; adult
Print References
Kearfott, W.D., 1904. A new Proteopteryx. The Canadian Entomologist 36(10): 306.
Works Cited
1.Assiniboia Micro-Lepidoptera, collected by Mr. T. N. Willing
W. D. Kearfott. 1905. The Canadian Entomologist 37(3): 89-93.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Maple feeding Tortricidae from the northeastern United States
R. R. Grehan, M. Sabourin, P. M. Hason. 1995. Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Vermont 117: 1-46.