Archips purpurana

620338.00 — 3658 — Archips purpurana (Clemens, 1865)

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:



This species is highly polyphagous and thought to disperse well, so it is no surprise that the survey data on Block Island do not reveal any clear habitat preferences despite a large sample size.

Sex Differences

Strong sexual dimorphism in forewing shape, but no costal fold in male. Sex ratio at lights 4.3♂:1♀ (n=32).

Life History

Evidently univoltine locally


Often confused with some Choristoneura spp., on Block Island C. rosaceana and parallela. Most easily distinguished by the sharp bend in the AM line in both sexes.




  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Gilligan, T. M. & M. E. Epstein, 2014. Tortricids of Agricultural Importance to the United States (TortAI). Identification Technology Program (ITP), USDA/APHIS/PPQ/CPHST, Fort Collins, CO, species page at
  • Species Page at BugGuide