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Adoxophyes negundana (McDunnough) (Tortricidae: Tortricinae: Archipini)

Fig. 1: Male

Fig. 1: Male

Fig. 2: Male

Fig. 2: Male

Fig. 3: Male

Fig. 3: Male

Fig. 4: Male genitalia

Fig. 4: Male genitalia

Adult Recognition

FWL: 7.5-9.5 mm

Adults are pale yellow with light-brown markings. Hindwings are white. Males have a forewing costal fold.

Adoxophyes negundana and Adoxophyes furcatana are the only two representatives of the genus Adoxophyes in the Nearctic. These two species are difficult to separate using forewing pattern. In general, the median fascia is broader in A. negundana, although this character does not appear to be consistent across all individuals. Freeman (1958) states that male genitalia of A. negundana have fewer cornuti (only four) and more sharply elbowed gnathos arms than those of A. furcatana.

Both species of Nearctic Adoxophyes are similar to Adoxophyes orana and might be confused with this Palearctic species if it were discovered in North America. It is not known if Nearctic Adoxophyes are attracted to A. orana pheromone.

Larval Morphology

Larval morphology is undocumented for this species.


Adults are present in June through early September. Larvae feed in the rolled leaves of Acer negundo.

Host plants

Adoxophyes negundana has only been recorded feeding on Acer negundo (boxelder).

Family Genus/species Common name
Aceraceae Acer negundo L. boxelder


Adoxophyes negundana is found from Ontario to Manitoba, south to Florida and west to Utah.


Freeman, T. N. 1958. The Archipinae of North America (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). The Canadian Entomologist Supplement 7 (Vol. 90):  1-89.

McDunnough, J. 1923. New Canadian Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist. 55: 163-168.

Tortricids of Agricultural Importance by Todd M. Gilligan and Marc E. Epstein
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