Seq # 362780010

Spilonota laricana (Heinemann, 1863) Species

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2023, 10:52 a.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Spilonota > Species: Spilonota laricana
Vernacular names
Bonte lariksbladroller (NL), Larch Bud Moth (EN), Lärchen-Knospenwickler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1898. Note sur quelques Lépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune belge. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 42: 34–38. On page 35.




Wingspan 12–17 mm. It has previously been regarded as a form of Spilonota ocellana.
The basal area, triangular pretornal mark and termen are all marked dark. The ocellus is extensively black dashed and suffused grey. A dark suffusion from the costa at one half.

This species can be similar to Spilonota ocellana but S. laricana has a more irregular outer edge to the basal patch, more extensive grey suffusion in the costal half and ocellus, the black dashes in the ocellus are more extensive and the costal suffusion at one half more prominent.
When dark forms of Spilonota ocellana occur the paler areas of the wing are all darkened where-as S. laricana retains the pale dorsal central area.

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Specimens in nature



Greyish brown body with blackish-brown head, dark patterned and black prothoracic plate, sternum brown, tail comb same as body color.

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The larva feeds at first between some needles spun together. After hibernation it feeds in the expanding buds. Pupation in the larval feeding place.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adult have been observed from late May till late October. Most observations during June/July.

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The larva feeds Larix.

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It inhabits plantations and woodlands with larch.

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