lesser appleworm moth

(Grapholita prunivora)

               
Hodges #

3429

lesser appleworm moth

 

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

Two generations per year: May to June and August

Habitat/Hosts

Various stone fruits

Photo by Alfredo Colon
Size

Total Length: to 3 16 (4 to 5.5 mm)

 
 
Identification

Lesser appleworm moth is a small leaf roller moth. It occurs across North America. It is uncommon in Minnesota.

The forewing is slightly curved and narrower at the base, giving the moth a tapered appearance. It is light brown with extensive dark brown mottling that sometimes makes it appear mostly dark brown. There are two broad, oblique, pale bands in the median area that, when paired with the opposite wing, form an inverted V and an arc. There is a band of brownish-yellow scales in the subterminal area immediately preceding a black terminal line. There are three short, silvery, oblique lines (stria) on the outer (costal) margin near the wing tip.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Fruits of apple, juneberry, hawthorn, chokeberry, cherry, and plum.

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

Mature larva overwinter and pupate in the spring.

 
Behavior

The wings are held tight to the body when at rest.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 24, 29, 30, 75.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Apoditrysia

 

Superfamily:

Tortricoidea (tortricid moths)

 

Family:

Tortricidae (leafroller moths)

 

Subfamily:

Olethreutinae

 

Tribe:

Grapholitini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

lesser appleworm moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Costal margin

The leading edge of the forewing of insects.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
8/31/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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