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990700.0019700Tortrix viridana – Green Oak Tortrix Moth – Linnaeus, 1758
Distribution Data for Tortrix viridana
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Distribution: North Africa and Europe.
Seasonality
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).
Description/
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.
References
  • (1) Gilligan, T.M., and Epstein, M.E. 2012. Tortricids of Agricultural Importance website
  • (2) Species Page at BOLD Barcoding Project - website.
Data compiled and contributed by Christi Jaeger, MEM from references cited.

Tortrix viridana
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Tortrix viridana
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