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scientific name    Argyrotaenia tabulana    

common name     Jack Pine Tube Moth

habitat
Boreal forest.

seasonality
Mid May to early June in Alberta, as early as late April elsewhere (Freeman 1958).

identification
The forewing is pink with some grey infuscation especially towards the outer margin. Broad reddish brown bands are present in the basal, median, and postmedian areas. The middle of these bands often are toothed or pinched and there may be some black markings through the middle of the wing. The head and thorax are reddish brown, and the hindwings and abdomen are medium greyish brown. The larva is green with a darker green middorsal stripe and dark pinacula. It has a light brown head and prothorax (Duncan 2006).

life history
This species overwinters as a pupal stage in the leaf litter and adults are active from May to June. The larva initially starts as a needle-miner and in later instars silks together several needles to form a tube from where they feed from (Duncan 2006).

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Jack (Pinus banksianae), Lodgepole (P. contorta), and Whitebark (P. albicaulis) pines (Duncan 2006).

range
From British Columbia, north to the Northwest Territories, east to Nova Scotia, and south to Florida and Washington.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=22662



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