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51a1372 – 3486   Cydia toreuta (Grote, 1873)
             Eastern Pine Seedworm

Nolie Schneider
Field Marks:
Dorsal half of forewing shows a gap between the st. band and the black terminal line. There are usually two short coastal bars between the st. band and the pm. band and an unbroken pm. band. See illustration and full description at the Moths of North Carolina.
Genitalia: See TortAI species page at
Similar Species:
  • Cydia ingens (Heinrich, 1926) - dorsal half of forewing has no gap between the st. band and the black terminal line; usually one coastal bar between the st. band and the pm. band; pm. band broken.
  • Cydia piperana Kearfott, 1907 is a western species.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Penthina toreuta Grote, 1873
  • 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. 183.303. (out of print)
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina (identification, habitats and life history) - website
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Cydia toreuta
Jason Dombroskie
Cydia toreuta
Nolie Schneider
Cydia toreuta
Nolie Schneider
Cydia toreuta
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