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51a1326.3 – 3428   Aspila packardi (Zeller, 1876)
             Cherry Fruitworm

© Mark Dreiling
Distribution: Throughout eastern US and Canada. Also Pacific Northwest.
Field Marks:
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).
Genitalia: See TortAI species page at
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.
  • 3427 G. libertina: Males lack a patch of dark sex scales on the hindwing - TortAI.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Grapholitha packardi Zeller, 1876
Steganoptycha pyricolana Murtfeldt, 1891
Taxonomic Notes: Aspila packardi (Zeller, 1876), 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.
  • 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
  • Gilligan, Wright & Gibson, 2008. Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States: p. 176.287. (out of print)
  • 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.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • 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.
Aspila packardi
© John Lee
Aspila packardi
© John Lee
Aspila packardi
© Mark Dreiling - DNA
Aspila packardi
© Tom Murray
Aspila packardi
© Nolie Schneider
Aspila packardi
© Ken Childs
Aspila packardi
10mm – © Jim Vargo
Aspila packardi
© George Smiley LG
on the developing fruit of Crataegus opaca - 9mm
Aspila packardi
© George Smiley LG
on the developing fruit of Crataegus opaca - 8mm
Aspila packardi
© George Smiley LG

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