Other Common Names
Spruce Needleworm (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Archips packardiana (Fernald, 1886)
Tortrix packardiana Fernald, 1886
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Alpheus Spring Packard Jr.
(1839–1905), as "recognition of his extensive and valuable work on North American insects."
Wingspan about 17 mm.
Forewing length 7.5-9.5 mm. (1)
Adult - forewing with blotchy pattern of black and white (or pale gray) patches; pale areas have diffuse dark lines running through them; hindwing dark gray with white fringe.
Northern United States and southern Canada.
Type locality: Peaks Island, Casco Bay, Maine (A.S. Packard, bred from larvae on fir).
Adults fly almost exclusively late June through July. (2)
Larval host is primarily spruce (90% of Forest Insect Surveys)(1)
, but also recorded on fir, tamarack, larch, pine and hemlock. (4)
Fernald (in Packard, A.S.), 1886. Additions to the third report on the causes of the destruction of the evergreen and other forest trees in northern New England. Miscellaneous notes on the work of the Division of Entomology for the season of