Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama


Species Pristerognatha agilana - Hodges#2831

Unknown Olethreutine - Pristerognatha agilana Olethreutes albiciliana ? - Pristerognatha agilana tortricid moth - Pristerognatha agilana Pristerognatha fuligana (?) - Pristerognatha agilana - male Olethreutinae, lep larva in stem of Jewelweed - Pristerognatha agilana Tortricid? - Pristerognatha agilana Pennsylvania Moth - Pristerognatha agilana Moth - Pristerognatha agilana
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Olethreutini
Genus Pristerognatha
Species agilana (Pristerognatha agilana - Hodges#2831)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pristerognatha agilana (Clemens, 1860)
Endopiza agilana Clemens, 1860
Endopiza ? agilana Clemens, 1860 (1)
Pristerognatha fuligana of authors (not [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Explanation of Names
Pristerognatha agilana (Clemens, 1860) was synonymized with Pristerognatha fuligana by Oku (1970) and reinstated by Miller (1985) based on genitalia but authors and websites continue to refer to this species as Pristerognatha fuligana as of 2017. DNA barcoding supports Miller (1985).
Wingspan 11-14 mm. (2)
DNA confirmed but as of 4/2017 BOLD still uses the name Pristerognatha fuligana which is extralimital. The species page includes two BIN groups with one being strictly new world and the other old world. The new world group refers to Pristerognatha agilana (Clemens, 1860).

Believed to fly from April to August and eggs are laid during this period in the stems of touch-me-not balsam and Himalayan balsam, where the stem-mining caterpillar feeds and hibernates. (3)
Larvae are stem borers of touch-me-not, including jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), as well as tansy (Tanacetum) and Himalayan balsam. (3), (4), (1)
Print References
Clemens, B. 1860. Contributions to American Lepidopterology - No. 6. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 359. (1)
Miller, W.E. 1985. Nearctic Olethreutes: five new synonymies, two revised statuses, and notes (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 87: 413.
Works Cited
1.Contributions to American lepidopterology - No. 6.
Brackenridge Clemens. 1860. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 345-362.
2.Revision of the North American moths of the subfamilies Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae
Carl Heinrich. 1926. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 132: 1-216.
3.Control of Impatiens glandulifera (Balsaminaceae) by Antagonists in its Invaded Range?
Karin Burkhart and Wolfgang Nentwig. Invasive Plant Science and Management 2008 1:352–358.
4.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database