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Geographical distribution of Choristoneura species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) feeding on Abies, Picea, and Pseudotsuga in western Canada and Alaska. 1995. Shepherd, R.F.; Gray, T.G.; Harvey, G.T. The Canadian Entomologist 127: 813-830.

Year: 1995

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4196

Language: English

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Abstract

Male moths of Choristoneura occidentalis Freeman, C. biennis Freeman, C. fumiferana (Clemens), and C. orae Freeman were caught in pheromone-baited traps. Ten traps were placed at each site, five baited with an aldehyde lure and five with an acetate lure. This procedure permitted separation of species based on the specific chemical lure and also provided specimens for further study of morphological and isozyme differences. The color of the forewings, presence or absence of spicules on the aedeagus, and a specific allozyme frequency were determined on selected specimens where these characteristics were useful in separating species at a particular site. Distributions of all species were more extensive than previously known, sometimes adding hundreds of kilometres to the recorded range. Areas of sympatry were identified and the fidelity and usefulness of characteristics for separating species in areas of overlap were discussed.