Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Pelochrista similiana (Clemens, 1860)

Family: Tortricidae
Subfamily: Olethreutinae
Identification: Forewing brown with dark brown L-shaped marking with curved edges, beginning at inner margin in AM area and becoming paler toward center of wing; large faint "tooth" (sometimes broken) in subterminal area pointing toward anal angle; hindwing dirty white, shading to pale brown toward outer margin
Wing Span: 1.6-2.2 cm
Life History:
Flight: July to September
Caterpillar Hosts: Rrootstalks of goldenrod (Solidago spp.)
Adult Food:
Habitat: Fields and waste places where goldenrod grows; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Range: Northeastern United States and southeastern Canada
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: Pelochrista similiana (Clemens, 1860) is elevated from subsp. of 3116 Eucosma dorsisignatana. This species was formerly placed in the genus Eucosma, Gilligan et al. (2013), Zootaxa, 3746(2): 301-337.