Related or similar species
Clepsis peritana is similar although most peritana specimens have a well defined median fascia that is continuous from costa to dorsum. Male peritana lack a forewing costal fold, have one short thin cornutus in the aedeagus, and the entire apex of the valva is membranous. Female peritana have a spiraled ductus bursae and lack a signum in the corpus bursae.
Little has been reported on the life history of this species. Adult capture records indicate virescana is bivoltine in central California.
Unknown. Powell (1964) reared larvae on fresh and decaying leaves of Prunus and Rosa and hypothesized that virescana may have feeding habits similar to peritana.
Area of origin
Widespread throughout the continental United States and southern Canada in more boreal conditions than peritana; not present in the southeastern United States
Current valid name
Clepsis virescana (Clemens)
- [Tortrix moth]
- Clepsis virescana salebrosa
- Ptycholoma glaucana, P. virescana
- Lozotaenia glaucana, L. virescana
- Tortrix sescuplana, T. virescana
Freeman, T. N. 1958. The Archipinae of North America (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). The Canadian Entomologist. 90 (suppl. 7). 89 pp.
Powell, J. A. 1964. Biological and taxonomic studies on tortricine moths, with reference to the species in California. University of California Publications in Entomology. Vol. 32. 317 pp.