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Family Tortricidae - Tortricid Moths

Tort moth - Gretchena Moth - Eucopina tocullionana Eucosma consobrinana - Hodges 3133? - Pelochrista persolita 3699 Three-streaked Sparganothis - Sparganothis tristriata Cydia sp? - female Is this Cochylichroa hospes? Leafroller Moth - Epiblema obfuscana Epiblema tripartitana
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Other Common Names
Leafroller Moths
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tortricidae Latreille, [1803]
1,393 species in our area according to Pohl et al. (1); over 10,000 species worldwide
Below is a guide to the local tribes of Tortricidae, organized by subfamily. The images included are meant to be illustrative of the general appearance of each tribe as an aid for narrowing down possibilities for identification. While the commonest elements of forewing maculation in each tribe are represented, many patterns are not.


[No images on BugGuide yet; 1 species in AZ]



Many (Tortricinae) are polyphagous, others (Olethreutinae) have more limited food preferences. They mostly feed on Dycotyledons, a few on Gymnosperms, and very rarely on Monocotyledons.
Many are regarded as pests: for instance, codling moth (Cydia pomonella), an introduced species, causes serious damage to apples and pears.
List of introduced species represented in Bugguide as of 12/31/2019
Strawberry Tortrix, Acleris comariana. From Eurasia
Maple Leaftier, Acleris forsskaleana. From Eurasia
Golden Leaf Roller, Acleris holmiana. From Eurasia, 1977
No common name, Acleris variegana. Long ago
Sulphur Knapweed Moth, Agapeta zoegana. From Europe, 1984. Introduced as biocontrol of knapweed
Apple tortrix, Archips fuscocupreana. From Japan, Korea, 1995
Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Moth, Archips podana. From Europe
Rose Tortrix Moth, Archips rosana. From the Palaearctic, before 1890
Variegated Golden Tortrix, Archips xylosteanus . From Europe, Asia, Africa
Carnation Tortrix Moth, Cacoecimorpha pronubana
Cotton Tipworm Moth, Crocidosema plebejana? Probably from the Neotropics
Codling Moth, Cydia pomonella. From Eurasia
No common name, Dichelia histrionana. From Europe? recently
Apricot moth, Ditula angustiorana
Cherry Bark Tortrix, Enarmonia formosana
European Spruce Needleminer Moth, Epinotia nanana. From Europe
Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana. From Australia
No common name, Eulia ministrana. From Europe
Eurasian Hemp Moth, Grapholita delineana. From Eurasia. Probably in 1940s
Oriental Fruit Moth, Grapholita molesta. From Eurasia?
European Poplar Shoot Borer, Gypsonoma aceriana. From Europe, 1998.
Green Budworm Moth, Hedya nubiferana
European Grapevine Moth, Lobesia botrana, from Europe
No common name, Pandemis cerasana
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix, Pandemis heparana. From Eurasia.
European Pine Shoot Moth, Rhyacionia buoliana. From Europe
Eye-spotted bud moth, Spilonota ocellana

Many caterpillars are leaf rollers, however others have a wide range of feeding strategies: gall-makers, root-borers, fruit-borers, seed-predators, flower-feeders, and tip-tiers.
Many are agricultural or horticultural pests. A few have been introduced as biological controls of plant pests.
Internet References
photos of pinned specimens from around the world ( (2)
Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) By John W. Brown, Joaquin Baixeras
Food Plant Database for the family Tortricidae