maple twig borer moth

(Proteoteras aesculana)

               
Hodges #

3230

maple twig borer moth

 

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Widespread and common

Flight/Season

One generation per year: April to October

Habitat/Hosts

Deciduous woodlands. Maple

Size

Total Length: 5 16 (8 mm)

Wingspan: 9 16 to (14 to 17 mm)

         
         
          Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

Maple twig borer moth is a small leaf roller moth. It occurs from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. It is most common east of the Great Plains.

The color and pattern of the forewings are variable. The forewings are mottled and pale olive green on newly emerged individuals, soon turning gray or brown. They have a lumpy appearance due to tufts of raised scales. There are numerous short, dark streaks on the leading edge (costal margin). There is a conspicuous, broad, blackish, crescent-shaped marking that starts on the costal margin before the middle and extends toward the wing tip. It either ends in a blob before reaching the wing tip, or is interrupted in the subterminal area but continues to the wing tip.

The larva often kill the twigs that they bore into. Their presence can be recognized by noting dead and drooping leaves at the end of a twig.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Silver maple, sugar maple, boxelder, and probably other maples; possibly also buckeye and apple.

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

Larva overwinter in buds and bore into twigs in the spring.

 
Behavior

Adults are active at night and will come to lights.

 
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:

Eucosmini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

maple tip moth

maple twig borer

maple twig borer moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Costal margin

The leading edge of the forewing of insects.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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About

May 18, 2013

This Maple Twig Borer Moth (Proteoteras aesculana) was photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (18 May 2013).

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
8/31/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

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