Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Gold-striped Leaftier Moth
Machimia tentoriferella Clemens, 1860

Family: Elachistidae
Subfamily: Depressariinae
Identification: Forewing yellowish gray to grayish brown. Note two sharp blackish dots in am. and reniform positions that form a triangle with more diffuse spot on inner margin. Diffuse pm. line usually present. Hindwing pale grayish brown.
Wing Span: 2-2.6 cm.
Life History: Larva (Gold-striped Leaftier) rolls or ties leaves of food plant together.
Flight: June - July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ash, elms, maples, oaks, and many other trees.
Adult Food:
Range: Nova Scotia to Virginia, west to Iowa and Mississippi.
Management Needs:
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