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51a1065 – 3172   Epiblema strenuana (Walker, 1863)
             Ragweed Borer

- © Ken Childs
Field Marks:
See Gilligan et al. (2020)
Epiblema strenuana typically has a brown face and labial palpi.
Genitalia: Gilligan et al. (2020)
Similar Species:
  • Epiblema minutana typically has a white face and labial palpi.
  • Epiblema luctuosissima.
  • Eucosma aquilana has third labial palpus segment black.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Grapholita strenuana Walker, 1863
Eucosma antaxia Meyrick, 1920
Grapholita exvagana Walker, 1863
Steganoptycha flavocellana Clemens, 1865
Grapholita subversana Zeller, 1876
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Gilligan, T.M., D.J. Wright, R.L. Brown, B.A. Augustinus, U. Schaffner, 2020. Taxonomic issues related to biological control prospects for the ragweed borer, Epiblema strenuana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Zootaxa, 4729(3): 347-358. (download also available at Researchgate)
  • Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States: p. 121.178. (out of print)
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 15.44f, 15.45m; p. 135. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Wright, D.J. & T.M. Gilligan, 2023. Epiblema Hübner, Sonia Heinrich, Suleima Heinrich, and Notocelia Hübner of the Contiguous United States and Canada (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini). The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 9.6: 30; pl. A, 1a-o; pl. 1, 1a-h, order.
  • Zeller. P.C., 1875. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 25: 207-360.
Epiblema strenuana
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Epiblema strenuana
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Epiblema strenuana
© Ken Childs
Epiblema strenuana
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Epiblema strenuana
© Carol Wolf
Epiblema strenuana
CalPhotos – © Jerry Powell
Epiblema strenuana
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