Platynota idaeusalis

620433.00 — 3740 — Platynota idaeusalis (Walker, 1859) — Tufted Apple Bud Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Polyphagous (mainly woody plants; pest of apple orchards)

Sex Differences

Male with costal fold; sexual dimorphism in forewing maculation and shape.


This genus presents no identification difficulties on Block Island, where two easily distinguished species occur. For identification of this genus elsewhere in North America, refer to my guide to the Nearctic members of the genus on BugGuide. For identification of the genus east of Texas, download my guide to the eastern species (PDF, 10,200x6,600).


  • 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
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Powell, J. A. & J. W. Brown, 2012. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 8.1: p. 118; pl. E.5-10. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum