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Hedya nubiferana (Haworth, 1811) Species

Last modified: Nov. 20, 2023, 2:09 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Olethreutini > Genus: Hedya > Species: Hedya nubiferana
Vernacular names
Gewone witvlakbladroller (NL), Marbled Orchard Tortrix (EN), la Tordeuse grise des bourgeons (FR), Grauer Knospenwickler (DE)
Hedya dimidioalba (Retzius, 1783), unavailable and Hedya variegana (Hübner, 1799), nec (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 21.




Wingspan 15–21 mm. Larger than Hedya pruniana, appears narrower-winged. The two black postmedian dots are more prominent and they are situated costal to the angle of the median fascia. It has five smaller pairs of strigulae along the costa in the pale section of the wing.

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Specimens in nature


Eggs are oval, flattened and finely reticulated. Translucent in colour at first and becoming yellowish-white with age. Laid singly or in small batches of 2-4 eggs on the underside of leaves.

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Initially larvae are yellow in colour, before becoming greyish-green. Pinacula small and black. Head shining black and prothoracic plate black with a pale anterior margin and pale medial groove. Anal plate blackish-brown and thoracic legs dark brown or black.


The larva spins leaves or flowers together. Pupation in the larval habitat. Univoltine. The moths are active at dusk and later come to light.

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation and have been observed from late May till mid-August, rarely later.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Crataegus, Prunus, Malus and Sorbus

The larva lives mainly on Crataegus spp. or Prunus spinosa, less often on other trees like Prunus spp., Malus spp., Ctoneaster, Pyrus and Sorbus spp.

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It inhabits hawthorn and blackthorn hedges, thickets, gardens, orchards and open moorland.

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