ABH 49.059

Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana

BF 1033

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(Linnaeus, 1758)
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18-23 mm


Fairly unmistakablebeing the only green 'Tortrix' in the British Isles. Inhabiting Oak woodland, it can become a pest, the abundant larvae sometimes completely defoliating trees. There is only one potential similar Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana which has a white border to the wing and rests with its wings higher a more 'tent like' posture.


Life Cycle

Flying during May and June, from dusk onwards, it can also be found resting in sunshine.Although oak (Quercus) is the main foodplant, other deciduous trees are also used, the larvae feeding in a rolled-up or folded leaf.



Well wooded areas, particularly deciduous woodland and other areas where Oak is present in numbers.





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