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Archips podana (Scopoli)
Cacoecia podana

Insecta, Lepidoptera, Tortricidae .

Fruit tree tortrix moth

Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images


[R]Description
- Adult: 20 to 25 mm wingspan. The female has pale brown fore wings with a dark brown band at the extremities and a dark median spot united to the posterior side. The hind wings are clearly bicoloured, the distal half is golden yellow, the basal half greyish; golden fringe on the outside of both pairs of wings (*) .
- Eggs: deposited in groups on the leaves.
- Larva: 15 mm, green with a red brown to black head; brown thoracic plate; narrow dark medio-longitudinal band; long silvery bristles which arise from small whitish warts are disseminated over the whole body (*) .

[R]Biology
- Host plants: the caterpillars attack mainly apple, more rarely pear, plum, cherry, apricot, black currant, raspberry, hop, rhododendron (Rhododendron), rose (Rosa), etc.
- Larva: the 3rd instar larvae hibernate in a cocoon woven at the base of the leaves or at a branch axil. As early as the beginning of spring, they roll leaves up and devour them.

[R]Life Cycle
- 1 generation per year.
- The moths appear during June.

[R]Damage
They can be important on apple and defoliation can affect the harvest.


[R]Common Names
DE: Bräunlicher Obstbaumwickler ES: Cacoecia de los frutos FR: Tordeuse des fruits IT: Cacecia dei fruttiferi PT: Tortricídeo dos frutos GB: Fruit tree tortrix moth

[R] Images

  1. Archips podana (Scopoli) Moth Shortly after its emergence, at the side of the pupal exuvia.
  2. Archips podana (Scopoli) Larva The leaf has been unfolded to show the larva.
  3. Archips podana (Scopoli) Fully grown larva (Coutin R. / OPIE)

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