Seq # 362190020

Phiaris metallicana (Hübner, 1799) Species

Last modified: Nov. 22, 2023, 1:27 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, but not seen for a very long time. More than likely extinct.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Olethreutini > Genus: Phiaris > Species: Phiaris metallicana
Vernacular names
Okerzilveren bladroller (NL), Highland Marble (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 75.




Wingspan 16–19 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Pupa slightly shiny, blackish brown, abdominal segments reddish brown.

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The larvae usually feed between two flat spun leaves or spun silk along a stem and feed on the more basal portions of the leaves. Often the larvae would eat most parts of the leaves, leaving the veins untouched. As the larvae grew they also fed on dead leaves of Vaccinium myrtillus.
The adults rest amongst its larval food plant by day when it is easily disturbed but flies freely in late evening and at dusk en later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late May towards July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The larva lives on Vaccinium myrtillus, V. vitis-idaea and Vaccinium oxycoccos.

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The species frequents damp or shady woodland, also moorland.

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