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621305.00 – 3426   Grapholita molesta (Busck, 1916)
             Oriental Fruit Moth

John Lee
Distribution: Introduced from Asia.
Field Marks:
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.
Genitalia: See TortAI species page at
Similar Species:
  • 3427 G. libertina: Males lack a patch of dark sex scales on the hindwing - TortAI.
  • 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: Laspeyresia molesta Busck, 1916
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • 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. 176.286. (out of print)
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 17.1m; p. 141. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Grapholita molesta
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