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51a0433 – 3740   Platynota idaeusalis (Walker, 1859)
             Tufted Apple Budmoth

- © David Reed
Field Marks:
See TortAI species page at
Genitalia: See TortAI species page at
Similar Species:
  • Platynota rostrana and P. flavedana are similar. The two species can be distinguished easily from each other by the scaling on the head - with a complex “hood” in rostrana, a simple one in flavedana - difficult to see well in photographs. See Platynota comparisons for larger photos and comparison with P. idaeusalis. ~ contributed by John Brown
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: • Hypena idaeusalis Walker, 1859
• Phylacteritis dioptrica Meyrick, 1922
• Platynota sentana Clemens, 1860
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Gilligan, T. M. & M. E. Epstein, 2014. Tortricids of Agricultural Importance to the United States (TortAI). Identification Technology Program (ITP), USDA/APHIS/PPQ/CPHST, Fort Collins, CO, species page at
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Powell, J. A. & J. W. Brown, 2012. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 8.1: p. 118; pl. E.5-10. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Platynota idaeusalis
- © Tom Bentley
Platynota idaeusalis
- © Scott Justis
Platynota idaeusalis
- © Mark Dreiling - DNA
Platynota idaeusalis
- © Carol Wolf
Platynota idaeusalis
- © Ken Childs
Platynota idaeusalis
- gen. - © Anthony W. Thomas
Platynota idaeusalis
– © Gary Anweiler
Platynota idaeusalis
- 17mm – © Jim Vargo
Platynota idaeusalis
- 21mm – © Jim Vargo
Platynota idaeusalis
- 19mm – © U. S. National Museum
Platynota idaeusalis
- 19mm – © U. S. National Museum
Platynota idaeusalis
- 18mm – © U. S. National Museum
Platynota idaeusalis
© Ted Kropiewnicki

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