Submitted to: Journal of Lepidopterists Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 4, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Many species of tortricoid or leaf-rolling moths cause economic damage and are frequently intercepted at U.S. ports of entry on imported agricultural commodities such as grapes and plums. While some are common, widespread species, others are pests of limited distribution, restricted to the country of origin of the commodity. This paper describes a new genus and species of tortricoid moth that is native to Chile where it is known to attack grapes, apricot, peaches, and plum. This research will allow APHIS port identifiers and state extension personnel to identify these pest species and to determine whether they occur in the U.S. or not.
Accuminulia buscki, new genus and species, is described and illustrated from Chile. It has been reared from the fruit of grape (Vitus sp.; Vitaceae), plum (Prunus domestica; Rosaceae), apricot (Prunus armeniaca; Rosaceae), and peach (Prunus persica; Rosaceae) in Chile. The oldest specimen examined is an adult intercepted at the port of New York in cargo (grapes) from Chile in 1926. The genus is assigned to Euliini on the basis of its putative phylogenetic relationship to Proeulia Clarke.