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Tortrix viridana

Tortrix viridana, Germasogeia, Cyprus, Photo:  Augusta Stylianou Artist

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Superfamilia: Tortricoidea

Familia: Tortricidae
Subfamilia: Tortricinae
Tribus: Tortricini
Genus: Tortrix
Species: Tortrix viridana

Tortrix viridana (Linnaeus, 1758)

Type locality: Europe.

Syntypes: Unknown. unknown.

Phalaena (Tortrix) viridana Linnaeus, 1758
Tortrix coeruleana Sorhagen, 1881
Tortrix viridana form flavana Zincken, in Charpentier, 1821
Tortrix viridana form pflegeriana Vlach, 1942
Tortrix suttneriana Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775

Tortrix viridana

Tortrix viridana , Germasogeia, Cyprus, Photo:  Augusta Stylianou Artist


Brown, J.W., 2005: World Catalogue of Insects vol. 5 Tortricidae.

Vernacular names
español: Piral del roble y de la encina
français: Tordeuse verte du chêne

The green oak tortrix, Tortrix viridana, also known as the European oak leafroller and the green oak moth is a distinctive green moth whose larvae feed on tree leaves, especially oak. The head, forebody and front wings are green, the hind wings lightly greyish. The wingspan is 18-24 millimetres.

An infestation of the larvae can defoliate an oak tree. The adult female lays its eggs next to leaf buds, which the larvae consume when they emerge. As the larvae grow bigger they eat larger leaves, and then roll themselves up in a full-sized leaf to pupate.

Larvae occur from April to June; adults are on wing in June and July.[1]

The Ichneumon wasp Dirophanes invisor is a parasitoid which specializes on T. viridana.

They are commonly found in many parts of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.[2]

Razowski, Józef (2001). Die Tortriciden (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae) Mitteleuropas : Bestimmung, Verbreitung, Flugstandort, Lebensweise der Raupen (in German) (1st ed.). Frantǐsek Slamka. pp. 11, 30. ISBN 80-967540-7-6.
Green oak tortrix (Tortrix viridana) up NatureSpot

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