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660011.004653Tortricidia pallida – Red-crossed Button Slug Moth – (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
Distribution Data for Tortricidia pallida
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Description/
Field Marks:
Tortricidia is in need of revision.
Similar Species: 4654 Tortricidia flexuosa - Marc Epstein (pers. comm., 2018) advises that we are currently unable to separate many of what we call Tortricidia pallida and Tortricidia flexuosa based on the larva, adult (including genitalia), and DNA. Furthermore, illustrations of the type of pallida, which is no longer extant, appears to be what we often refer to as flexuosa. At present, flexuosa represent all the 'morphs' (those that are heavily marked on the FW down to very little, but more on the yellowish side of things) and pallida represent the more pale, almost pinkish tan ones that have either a faint band or nothing on the FW.
Taxonomic Notes: Tortricidia pallida (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854), "Marc Epstein (pers. comm.) is not convinced that the two [pallida and flexuosa] are distinct." - Wagner, 2005, p. 36.
References
Tortricidia pallida
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