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51a1326.2 – 3427   Aspila libertina (Heinrich, 1926)
Distribution Data for Aspila libertina
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Distribution: Type locality: Wellington, BC.
Field Marks:
Males lack the obvious patch of dark sex scales on the hindwing of G. packardi.
Genitalia: See Heinrich (1926), Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus. 132: 29; pl. 49, fig. 294.
Similar Species:
  • 3426 G. molesta: Median stria meets inner margin at angle, fades as it approaches an often conspicuous whitish stigma; flecks of whitish scales concentrated along striae and especially close to inner margin - Aaron Hunt (pers. comm., 5/7/2020). - Males lack the obvious patch of dark sex scales on the hindwing.
  • 3428 G. packardi: Median stria narrows from inner margin to middle of wing, meet inner margin roughly perpendicularly; stigma generally inconspicuous to absent; silvery to blue lustre throughout - Aaron Hunt (pers. comm., 5/7/2020).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Grapholitha libertina Heinrich, 1926
Taxonomic Notes: Aspila libertina (Heinrich, 1926), n. comb. in Hu et al. (2023: Appendix S4) with Aspila, a former subgenus of Grapholita, raised to genus (new since Pohl & Nanz (eds.) (2023)).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Heinrich, C., 1926. Revision of the North American moths of the subfamilies Laspeyresiinae and Olethreutinae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 132: 29.
  • Hu, G-L, J. Brown, M. Heikkilä, L. Aarvik, M. Mutanen, 2023. Molecular phylogeny, divergence time, biogeography and trends in host plant usage in the agriculturally important tortricid tribe Grapholitini (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutinae). Cladistics, 39(5): 359-381; Appendix S4.
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Aspila libertina
paratype - LG(cc) CBG Photog. Grp. (USNM)
Aspila libertina
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