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tortricid - Argyrotaenia franciscana

tortricid - Argyrotaenia franciscana
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
June 28, 2012
Remember when I collected 40 of these caterpillars last September? Well here is a moth that finally emerged from that group. I don't know why or how, but I ended up with a lot flies in there as well. It does appear that some of them were pupating inside the container, but I'm not sure how they got in there. I left the container outside all winter to keep the larvae in a natural environment.

I'll try to get a few better shots. I was afraid it would fly away... so this one was taken inside the little container.
Here are a few of the larvae

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From Eric LaGasa
From Eric LaGasa
I’m fairly sure the critter you’re rearing there is good ‘ol orange tortrix, Argyrotaenia franciscana. Not only does it occur on more kinds of plants than any other tortricid (except maybe Light Brown Apple Moth . . . if you believe the California Dept of Ag.), it is quite variable for wing pattern, and also has flexible biology. Dick Wilson has some nice images on BugGuide, #363409 is a color pattern close to your adult.
There are a couple other species it might be, including carnation tortrix, Cacoecimorpha pronubana, but that would be very easy to diagnose by looking at the hind wings (beautiful bright orange if that species).

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