maple twig borer moth

(Proteoteras aesculana)

maple twig borer moth
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  Hodges #

3230

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 5 16 (8 mm)

Wingspan: 9 16 to (14 to 17 mm)

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous woodlands. Maple

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One generation per year: April to October

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Adults are active at night and will come to lights.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

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

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

21, 24, 29, 30, 75.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Widespread and common

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Proteoteras  
       
 

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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  Maple Twig Borer (Proteoteras aesculana)
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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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