Archips argyrospila

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Archips argyrospila
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Adult
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Larva
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Archips
Species: A. argyrospila
Binomial name
Archips argyrospila
(Walker, 1863)[1][2]
Synonyms
  • Retinia argyrospila Walker, 1863
  • Cacoecia columbiana McDunnough, 1923
  • Tortrix furvana Robinson, 1869
  • Cacoecia vividana Dyar, 1902
  • Tortrix vsignatana Packard, 1875

The Fruit-Tree Leafroller Moth (Archips argyrospila) is a moth of the Tortricidae family. It is found in most of the United States and southern Canada.

The length of the forewings is 6-10.2 mm for males and 8.5-11.7 mm for females. Adults have a variable forewing colour consisting of combination of reddish brown, dark brown and tan. Adults are on wing from mid May to July in one generation per year.

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants and are considered a pest on apples and pears.[3] Recorded host plants include: Medicago, Malus, Prunus, Taxodium distichum, Phaseolus, Vaccinium, Betula, Acer negundo, Aesculus, Ceanothus, Cercocarpus, Citrus, Quercus, Eriodictyon, Vitis, Crataegus, Carya, Gleditsia triacanthos, Humulus, Syringa, Avena, Allium, Maclura pomifera, Pyrus, Rheum, Sassafras and Juglans species. First instar larvae bore into the buds of their host plant. Later instars roll or tie leaves together or tie them to fruit. They feed on the leaves, flowers, buds or fruits of the host plant. Pupation takes place within the larval shelter.[4]

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