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620986.00 – 3170.3   Pelochrista medullana (Staudinger, 1879)
Distribution Data for Pelochrista medullana
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Distribution: Introduced from Europe as a biocontrol agent; "Limited numbers of P. inspersa have been released in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and British Columbia. There is no evidence of establishment in the United States." - Accessed (27 August 2020).
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Synonymy: Grapholitha medullana Staudinger, 1879
Taxonomic Notes: Pelochrista medullana (Staudinger, 1879), introduced as a biocontrol agent of knapweed, has apparently not become established.
  • 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., J.W. Brown, J, Baixeras, 2020. Immigrant Tortricidae: Holarctic versus Introduced Species in North America. Insects, 11(9), 594: 1-59.
  • Smith, L., Pelochrisra medullana, Lepidopitera: Tortrticidae. In Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America (Anthony Shelton, editor), Accessed (27 August 2020). Available online:
  • Wright, D.J. & T.M. Gilligan, 2017. Pelochrista Lederer of the Contiguous United States and Canada (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini). The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 9.5: 1-376, order.
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