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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: A New Genus of Tortricid Moths from Chile and Argentina Related to Varifula Razowski (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)

item Brown, John

Submitted to: Journal of Lepidopterists Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 25, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Tortricid moths are often pests of U.S. crops and can cause substantial damage. The genus Proceulia, which is indigenous to Chile and Argentina, includes primary and secondary pests of grapes and citrus. A large number of species currently "associated" with the genus have little in common with Proeulia, resulting in taxonomic confusion and difficulty with identifications. The purpose of this paper is to describe a new genus, Argentulia, for a species incorrectly placed in Proeulia, and describe a closely related new species. This information will be useful to regulatory personnel charged with identifying insects and to scientists trying to control pest moths on crops.

Technical Abstract: Argentulia, new genus (Tortricinae: Euliini), is described to accommodate A. montana (Bartlett-Calvert, 1893), new combination, type species, and A. gentilii, new species, from Chile and Argentina. A neotype is designated for A. montana. In general facies, members of the new genus are unlike any other species in the tribe Euliini. However, features of the male and female genitalia suggest a close relationship to Varifula Razowski from Chile.

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