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990700n – 19700   Tortrix viridana Linnaeus, 1758
             Green Oak Tortrix
Distribution Data for Tortrix viridana
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Distribution: North Africa and Europe; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Completes a single generation per year. Adults are present May-June
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larval hosts include representatives of the Aceraceae, Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Rosaceae, Salicaceae, and Urticaceae. Some hosts of importance include Acer spp. (maple), Vaccinium spp (blueberry), Fagus sylvatica (European beech), Quercus spp. (oak), Prunus armeniaca (apricot), Populus spp (aspen, cottonwood), Salix spp. (willow) and Urtica spp (nettle).
Field Marks:
Forewings are uniformly green with pale whitish wing fringe.
Similar Species:
  • This is the only tortricid moth that is uniformly green, lacking any pattern elements.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
  • (1) Gilligan, T.M., and Epstein, M.E. 2012. Tortricids of Agricultural Importance website
  • (2) Species Page at BOLD Barcoding Project - website.
  • (3) Zlatkov, B.,V. Vergilov, J.V. Pérez Santa-Rita, J. Baixeras, 2023. First 3-D reconstruction of copulation in Lepidoptera: interaction of genitalia in Tortrix viridana (Tortricidae). Frontiers in Zoology, 20(22): 1-21.
Tortrix viridana
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Tortrix viridana
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