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57a0062 – 4653   Tortricidia pallida of authors (not Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
             Red-crossed Button Slug Moth
Distribution Data for Tortricidia pallida of authors
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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.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Limacodes pallida Herrich-Schäffer, 1854
Limacodes flavula Herrich-Schäffer, 1854
Taxonomic Notes: Tortricidia pallida of authors; (not Herrich-Schäffer, 1854): treatment follows Epstein & Fiesler (in 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.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Wagner, D.L., 2005. Caterpillars of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press, 1-512.
Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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Tortricidia pallida of authors
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