Seq # 361430010

Spatalistis bifasciana (Hübner, 1787) Species

Last modified: Nov. 12, 2023, 12:56 p.m.

A rare but well distributed species in Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Tortricini > Genus: Spatalistis > Species: Spatalistis bifasciana
Vernacular names
Azuurbladroller (NL), Small Purple Button (EN), Gelbgebänderter Breitwickler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859b. Supplément au catalogue des lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 133–142. On page 134.




Wingspan 12–14 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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The larvae feed internally on berries of fruits on the food plant or on dead leaves. (see note hostplants). Hibernation in the larval stage.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults usually fly from late May till mid-July in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Rhamnus, Frangula and Swida

The larva lives on Vaccinium myrtillus, V. uliginosum, Rhamnus catharcticus, Cornus mas and Ligustrum vulgare. Most literature suggests that the larvae feed internally in the berries or fruits of Rhamnus, Frangula and Cornus.
However, more recent research suggests that this may not be the case, as larvae have been found amongst dead Quercus spp., Fagus sylvatica, Betula pendula, Carpinus betulus , Prunus avium and Castanea sativa leaves.

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It inhabits woodland margins.

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