Adoxophyes is a genus in the Archipini that contains approximately 50 species. Most species diversity occurs in Asia and Australasia, although the genus is present in all regions except the neotropics. Forewing markings are consistent across the genus, with many species exhibiting a generalized fasciate pattern with horizontal reticulations. Genitalic differences between species are often minor, and it is difficult to separate closely related taxa using only morphology.
The most economically important species is A. orana, which is a major pest of fruit crops in the Palearctic. Larvae are highly polyphagous but cause most economic damage to apple and pear. Several subspecies and related species are present in Asia, where the tea-feeding populations are generally thought to be distinct from the apple-feeding populations.
It is not known how many Adoxophyes larvae arrive at U.S. ports due to a lack of diagnostic characters for the genus. Molecular diagnostics are necessary to identify larvae in most cases.
Four species are treated here, including two Nearctic non-targets.
Adoxophyes orana (including Adoxophyes honmai) Non-target species
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