Moths of North Carolina
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153 NC Records

Platynota idaeusalis (Walker, 1859) - Tufted Apple Budmoth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Tortricoidea Family: TortricidaeSubfamily: TortricinaeTribe: SparganothiniP3 Number: 620433.00 MONA Number: 3740.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult Markings: In males, the vertex of the head and the dorsum of the labial palps are usually gray, lacking any white or cream scales (Powell and Brown, 2012). The ground color is ash gray, variably shaded with blackish and dull brown, with the striae particularly black and raised (Forbes, 1923). The outer margin is usually pale in the males, with just a couple of fine striae. The basal area is usually pale in the females, out to an oblique median band. White maculations are usually missing in both sexes and a small black spot is typically present at the distal end of the cell (Powell and Brown, 2012). The hindwings are fuscous.
Wingspan: 12-25 mm, with the females larger (Forbes, 1923)
Adult Structural Features: The forewings of the males have a moderate costal fold, not extending to the middle of the wing (Forbes, 1923)
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species is common in residential neighborhoods. Natural areas range from high elevation forests to barrier islands
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are widely polyphagous, feeding on trees, shrubs, and forbs (Powell and Brown 2012). In the eastern United States, it is considered a significant pest of apples.
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S4S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Platynota idaeusalis - Tufted Apple Budmoth

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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-09-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka on 2022-09-01
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2022-08-24
Clay Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Lior Carlson, Brian Bockhahn on 2022-08-09
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2022-08-06
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-08-03
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, Lior Carlson, Becky Watkins, Richard Teper, Stephen Dunn on 2022-07-23
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-20
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-19
Chowan Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-07-15
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-11
Alamance Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-07-11
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-07-03
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-03
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-26
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-28
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2022-05-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales on 2022-05-26
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-05-25
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-17
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-05-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-05-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2022-05-04
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George on 2022-05-04
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-04
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-03
Orange Co.
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