Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Ponderosa Pine Seedworm Moth
Cydia piperana (Kearfott, 1907)

Family: Tortricidae
Subfamily: Olethreutinae
Identification: Dark brownish gray, finely speckled by whitish scale tips, and with three raised, transverse bars of metallic lead- or bronze-colored scaling. Hindwing is entirely smokey brown
Wing Span: 1.6-2.1 cm
Life History:
Flight: February to June, varying with elevation and latitude.
Caterpillar Hosts: Pinus ponderosa seeds
Adult Food:
Range: Southwestern US
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.