The Archipini is the largest tribe within the Tortricinae, with more than 1,600 described species in 150 genera. Its members are present in all regions but are uncommon in the neotropics. Forewing pattern varies greatly; however, a large number of species have a generalized fasciate pattern, with a well-expressed basal and median fascia, and a dark costal spot. Male genitalia are characterized by an elongate, variably-shaped uncus, well-developed gnathos, and rounded, sometimes membranous or folded, valvae. Females of nearly all Archipini have a daggar-shaped signum with a capitulum; this character is the only true synapomorphy for the group.
This group contains the most pest species of any tortricid tribe. Larvae are mostly polyphagous, external feeders, and some species, such as the light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana), have been recorded feeding on more than 500 species of plants. Larvae of many species have few diagnostic morphological characters, and it may be difficult to separate larvae of various genera such as Archips, Argyrotaenia, Clepsis, etc. As such, many larval interceptions at U.S. ports of entry are not identified below the subfamily level except in certain cases of specific host/origin associations.
Nearly half of the taxa treated on this site are archipines. These taxa include a mix of target and non-target species; they are arranged below by genus. For photos of additional non-targets not covered here, visit the Moth Photographers Group link below.
ArchipsArchips sppArchips argyrospila Archips cerasivorana Archips crataegana Archips fuscocupreanus Archips grisea Archips mortuana Archips podana Archips purpurana Archips rosana Archips semiferanus Archips xylosteana