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Title: Scientific Names of Pest Species in Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) Frequently Cited Erroneously in the Entomological Literature

item Brown, John

Submitted to: American Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 4, 2006
Publication Date: October 2, 2006
Citation: Brown, J.W. 2006. Scientific names of pest species in tortricidae (lepidoptera) frequently cited erroneously in the entomological literature. American Entomologist. 52:182-189.

Interpretive Summary: The caterpillars of leaf-roller moths are important pests of forest, ornamental, and agricultural plants, causing millions of dollars in damage annually and eliciting the application of tons of pesticides. In order to effectively detect and control these moth pests, communication and retrieval of information regarding their geographic distributions, biologies, host plant preferences, parasitoides, etc. is critical. This communication and data retrieval relies on the correct usage of the names of these species. In this paper I provide discussions on the correct names of six important leaf-rollers that frequently are cited erroneously in the contemporary entomological literature. This information will be valuable for those involved in pest detection, pest management, and biological control of these leaf-roller pests.

Technical Abstract: The scientific names of several pest species in the moth family Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) frequently are cited erroneously in the contemporary entomological literature. Most misuse stems from the fact that many proposed name changes appear in systematic treatments that are not seen by most members of the general entomological community. Also, there is a resistance among some entomologists to changes in the scientific names of well known pest species. The names discussed in this paper are (1) Brazilian apple leafroller - Bonagota salubricola (Meyrick); (2) false codling moth - Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick); (3) grape berry moth - Paralobesia viteana (Clemens) and congeners; (4) pitch twig moth - Retinia comstockiana (Fernald) and congeners; (5) oak leaftier - Acleris semipurpurana (Kearfott) and congeners; and (6) the tribe Cochylini.

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