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Species Acleris variana - Eastern Black-headed Budworm - Hodges#3548

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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 Tortricinae
Tribe Tortricini
Genus Acleris
Species variana (Eastern Black-headed Budworm - Hodges#3548)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acleris variana (Fernald, 1886)
Teras variana Fernald, 1886
Teras angusana Fernald, 1892 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin varius meaning "diverse, different, various," as its author states, "the moths are subject to great variation." (2)
Forewing length 7.5-9.5 mm. (3)
Larva to 11-15 mm. (3)
Polymorphic (4):

Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States west to Alberta. (3)
Coniferous forests. (3)
See list of pine, spruce, hemlock, fir, larch, poplar and red ceder hosts at TortAI. (3)
Life Cycle
See Fernald's account (in Packard, 1886) in Print References below.
Overwinter as eggs.(5)
Young larvae burrow into the expanding buds, webbing together the needles as they grow. Pupation occurs within webbed masses of partially eaten and damaged needles.(5)
Print References
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. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Division of Entomology, Bulletin 12: 17.
Works Cited
1.New North American microlepidoptera.
Charles Henry Fernald. 1892. The Canadian Entomologist 24(5,7): 121-123, 178-179.
2.Dictionary of natural history terms with their derivations, including the various orders, genera, and species.
David H. McNicoll. 1863. Lovell Reeve & Company.
3.Tortricids of Agricultural Importance
Todd M. Gilligan and Marc E. Epstein.
4.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
5.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.