Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Clemens, 1860 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin flavus
meaning "yellow." (1)
Wingspan 12-19 mm (Hull et al., 1995).
Forewing length: ♂ 5.0-6.5 mm, ♀ 6.0-8.5 mm. (2)
Adult - Sexually dimorphic; males dark brown with a golden band on the apical quarter of the wings. Females have several brown or reddish-brown bands (Hull et al., 1995).
Larva - Early instars are yellowish with a black head. Older larvae are green with a light brown or amber head (Hull et al., 1995).
Minnesota east to Maine, south to North Carolina, and west to Arizona. More common in the southern part of its range at lower elevations (Hull et al., 1995).
Generalist feeder of strawberry, apple, azalea, blackberry, clover, cotton, Helianthus sp., maple, peach, raspberry, rose, sassafras, narrowleaf plantain, smartweed, dandelion, dock and others (Hull et al., 1995).
Seven known parasites, Goniozus platynotae (Hymenoptera) the most common (Wilde et al., 1966).
Adults may appear similar to other species of Platynota, but can be separated from most other species by their orangish appearance. (2)
Clemens, B., 1860. Contributions to American lepidopterology - No. 6. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
David, P.J., R.L. Horsburgh & G.I. Holtzman 1989. Development of Platynota flavedana and P. idaeusalis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) at constant temperatures in the laboratory. Environ. Entomol. 18: 15-18
Hull, L.A., D.G. Pfeiffer, D.J. Biddinger 1995. Mid-Atlantic Orchard Monitoring Guide. NRAES-75: 1-361
Powell, J.A. & J.W. Brown, 2012. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 8.1: p. 130; pl. E.45-50
Wilde, G. & M. Semel 1966. The life history of Platynota flavedana, a leaf roller of strawberry. Journal of Economic Entomology 59: 1037-1041