Archips spp.

James J. Kruse kruse at
Tue May 26 18:41:11 EDT 1998


In an attempt to obtain more contacts, I would like to add that A.
argyrospilus is also known as the fruit tree leafroller. It can be
extremely abundant in apple orchards in the east, or oak forests to the
south (also baldcypress in Louisiana- anyone there?). A. mortuanus looks
exactly like fruit tree leafroller, except that it is darker. It may also
be found in apple orchards, often together with argyrospilus. Both are
know to occur together in New York state (anyone there?). I am certain it
occurs in other localities in the New England states. 

A. myricanus and A. eleagnanus occur in southern Canada, and are virtually
indistinguishable from A. argyrospilus. Just catch a bunch and leave them
to me to sort out!

They are flying now!!

A big thank you to all who have responded so far!!!

I am forwarding my previous message (with an edit):
> I am a graduate student working with Felix Sperling and Jerry Powell at
> UC Berkeley. We will be conducting research on several populations of
> Archips argyrospilus (Lep: Tortricidae) throughout the U.S. and
> hopefully a couple populations in Canada. The aim of this research is
> to determine if host races or pheromone differentiated populations of
> A. argyrospilus are divergent enough to warrent formal recognition as
> full species, and at the same time, determine relationships among the
> closely related species in the complex (A. mortuanus, A. myricanus, A.
> eleagnanus).
> I am currently in the process of securing specimens of A. argyrospilus,
> A. mortuanus, A. myricanus and A. eleagnanus. I am hoping to find
> contacts for obtaining these four species, especially host races or
> pheromone biotypes of A. argyrospilus. I was wondering if you or anyone
> you know would be able to supply 3 or more freshly killed (within a few
> years) or preferably live specimens dropped into 95-100% ETOH of each
> species or population. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Please feel
> free to forward this message to any person as appropriate.
> Thank you very much!

Jim Kruse
University of California at Berkeley
Dept. of Environ Sci, Policy and Mgmt.
Div. of Insect Biology
Sperling Lab
201 Wellman Hall
Berkeley, California, 94720-3112
(510) 642-7410/5114

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