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Species Acleris nivisellana - Snowy-shouldered Acleris - Hodges#3510

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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 nivisellana (Snowy-shouldered Acleris - Hodges#3510)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Apple Leaf Twister (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acleris nivisellana (Walsingham, 1879)
Tortrix nivisellana Walsingham, 1879 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the Latin nix sella possibly meaning "snow-white saddle," for the shape of the white markings.
There are about 65 named species in North America.
Wingspan 13-15 mm.
Adult: forewing white with large blackish semicircular patch mid-way along costa; diffuse irregular patches of light gray mixed with brown in median area and along inner margin; dark spot near inner margin in AM area; subterminal area mostly dark gray; hindwing brownish-gray with wide pale fringe.
Southern Canada and northern United States, south in the east to Maryland and Virginia, south in the west to California(2). (3), (4)
Lectotype ♀ from "California". (5)
The main flight period is March to November.
Ferguson (1975) reported September for Nova Scotia. (6)
Ferguson (1975) reported Prunus pensylvanica L.f. (pin cherry). (6)
Life Cycle
Probably two generations per year.
Print References
Obraztsov, N.S., 1963. Some North American moths of the genus Acleris (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum., 114: 220. (7)
Walsingham, Lord. 1879, North-American Torticidae. Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum 4: 2. (1)
Works Cited
1.North-American Torticidae
Thomas, Lord Walsingham. 1879. Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum. 4.
2.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List
3.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
4.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
5.World Catalogue of Insects, Vol. 5: Tortricidae (Lepidoptera)
John Wesley Brown, Joaquin Baixeras. 2005. Apollo Books.
6.Host records for Lepidoptera reared in Eastern North America
D. C. Ferguson. 1975. United States Department of Agriculture 1521: 1-45.
7.Some North American moths of the genus Acleris (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Nicholas S. Obratzsov. 1963. Proceedings of The United States National Museum, 114(3469): 213-270.
8.North American Moth Photographers Group
9.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
10.University of Alberta Entomology Collection