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Species Phtheochroa birdana - Hodges#3813

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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 Cochylini
Genus Phtheochroa
Species birdana (Phtheochroa birdana - Hodges#3813)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phtheochroa birdana (Busck, 1907)
Hysterosia birdana Busck, 1907 (1)
Explanation of Names
The species is named in honor of Mr. Henry Bird (1869-1959), who discovered and reared it from Helianthus. Bird was a carpenter, farmer and amateur entomologist specializing in the root-boring Papaipema. (2)
The genus Phtheochroa has 18 described species listed for America, north of Mexico. (3), (4)
Wingspan 27 mm. (1)
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include New York to Florida, Illinois to Texas. (5), (6)
Records on a Ontario checklist.
Holotype ♀: Rye, New York (H. Bird).
The adults are most common from June to September. (4)
Heppner (2003) reported adults in October from Florida. (6)
Busck (1907) reported larvae reared from roots of sunflower.
Heppner (2003) reported the following host plants. (6)
Helianthus sp. (sunflower).
Rudbeckia laciniata L. (cutleaf coneflower).
Print References
Busck, A., 1907. A review of the tortricid subfamily Phaloniinae with descriptions of new American species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 15: 32. (1)