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Olethreutinae (host plant) - Grapholita fana

Olethreutinae (host plant) - Grapholita fana
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
July 17, 2007
Yes, I know, this will be frassed. (No host plant photos, this isn't a plant site.) But it goes along with the story. (Generally I spare BG folks all the stories that accompany my photos.)

In 2007 I was working in the faux prairie and taking photos. A little moth landed on my camera, I caught it, and at a later date T. Harrison ID'd the moth as Grapholita fana saying that it's "larvae feed internally in flowers and flower buds of Desmodium spp." Ah ha moment for me. This is a photo taken that same day in the immediate area where I collected the little moth. It's a whole lot of Desmodium canadense, showy tick trefoil.

A few years later I was able to rear the moths from larvae.

In 2010 I observed a couple of adults (individually) doing a little dance on vegetation, sort of walking about then shaking the abdomen and wings back and forth as if displaying. I pulled the camera out too late so this little movie doesn't show much.

And finally, last summer I caught a good looking specimen, the one in this posting.

Images of this individual: tag all
Olethreutinae, lateral - Grapholita fana Olethreutinae, dorsal - Grapholita fana Olethreutinae (host plant) - Grapholita fana

I'd say, don't frass
I just made it not 'representative' so it won't show in normal browse and added as thumbnail on info page under Food. I personally see no problem with a few habitat or host pant pictures.

I can plant the prairie seeds and often they grow. But I can't do much about bringing in the insects that belong with the plants.

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