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990025n – 19025   Adoxophyes orana (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1834)
             Summer Fruit Tortrix
Distribution Data for Adoxophyes orana
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Distribution: Not found in North America north of Mexico. Distributed throughout Europe and Northeast Asia, including China.
and Size:
Forewing length is 7-8mm in males and 8-11mm in females.
A. orana completes up to 3 generations per year and are typically present in late May-October. Flight times for each generation varies with latitude and climate.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae are highly polyphagous and have been recorded feeding on representatives of Anacardiaceae, Betulaceae, Cannabaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ericaceae, Ebenaceae, Fagaceae, Grossulariaceae, Malvaceae, Moraceae, Pinaceae, Rosaceae, Rutaceae, Salicaceae, Sapindaceae, Solanaceae, and Theaceae. Hosts of importance include Pistacia (Pistachio), Alnus spp. (alder), Betula spp. (birch), Corylus spp. (includes hazelnut), Lonicera spp. (honeysuckle), Diospryos kaki (persimmon), Arachis hypogaea (peanut), Glycine max (soybean), Castanea spp. (Chestnut), Quercus spp. (oak), Ribes spp. (currant), Gossypium hirsutum var. hirsutum (upland cotton), Larix spp. (larch), Malus pumila and Malus domestica (apple), Malus sylvestris (European crab apple), Prunus avium and P. cerasus (cherry), P. persica (peach), P. salicina (Japanese plum), Pyrus spp. (pear), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry), Ribes spp. (blackberry), Citrus spp. (Citrus), Populus spp. (cottonwood), Salis cinerea (large grey willow), Solanum dulcamara (climing nightshade), and Camellia sinensis (tea)

Larvae are difficult to dinstinguish from other tortricids and molecular diagnostics may be required for a positive identification. Although Gilligan (2014) developed a keywhich separates A. orana from similar species, he acknowledges that the known morphological characters may not be diagnostic.
Field Marks:
Forewings are pale tan to light brown with dark-brown fascia. Males have a costal fold and have a more distinct wing pattern. Females are larger and with duller markings.
Similar Species:
  • A. orana can be very similar in appearance to other Adoxophyes and some Choristoneura and Clepsis. This species may not be reliably distinguished from similar looking Adoxophyes using morphology alone, molecular diagnostic tools may be required
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
  • (1) Gilligan, T. M. and S. C. Passoa. 2014. Screening aid: Summer fruit tortrix, Adoxophyes orana (Fischer von Röslerstamm). Identification Technology Program (ITP), USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T, Fort Collins, CO. 6 pp. pdf.
  • (2) Gilligan, T.M., and Epstein, M.E. 2012. Tortricids of Agricultural Importance website
  • (3) Gilligan, T.M. 2014. Key to larval Tortricidae intercepted, or potentially encountered, at U.S. ports of entry. Modified from Brown, 2011. [pdf]
  • (4) Natural History Museum: HOSTS- website
  • (5) Species Page at BOLD Barcoding Project - website.
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