lesser appleworm moth

(Grapholita prunivora)

lesser appleworm moth
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  Hodges #

3429

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: to 3 16 (4 to 5.5 mm)

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Various stone fruits

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Two generations per year: May to June and August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

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

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

Mature larva overwinter and pupate in the spring.

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

21, 24, 29, 30, 75.

 
  10/3/2019      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Grapholita  
       
 

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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Created: 10/3/2019

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