Forewings are yellow with brown to purplish-brown markings. Most specimens are marked with a complete median fascia and the distal half of the wing is solid brown. Labial palpi are short in comparison to S. senecionana. Males lack a forewing costal fold.
Related or similar species
Host plants include: alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum), Baccharis sp., barestem biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule), common lomatium (Lomatium utriculatum), ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Populus sp., red clover (Trifolium pratense), rose (Rosa sp.), and western stoneseed (Lithospermum ruderale).
Area of origin
Recorded from California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, and British Columbia; a record from North Carolina is questionable
Current valid name
Sparganothis tunicana (Walsingham)
- [Tortrix moth]
- Dichelia californiana, D. tunicana
- Sparganothis californiana
Lambert, R. L. 1950. Revision of the moths in the subfamily Sparganothidinae (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae). Ph. D. thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 502 pp.