Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Tufted Apple-Bud Moth
Platynota idaeusalis (Walker, 1859)

Family: Tortricidae
Subfamily: Tortricinae
Identification: Forewing ash gray with obscure blackish and brown shading. Thin st. and terminal lines and small squarish patch at middle of outer margin. Hindwing grayish brown.
Wing Span: 1.2-2.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Apple, ashes, black walnut, boxelder, clover, goldenrod, pines, willows, and other plants.
Adult Food:
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: Species name changed from ideausalis to idaeusalis in 7/2009 as per Hugh McGuinness.

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022!

Moths are amazing creatures. Take photographs and share your moth sightings with us to document the moths where you live. Learn more.