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Zeiraphera griseana (Hübner, 1799) Species

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2023, 12:58 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, mainly confined to the north of the country.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Zeiraphera > Species: Zeiraphera griseana
Vernacular names
Grijze lariksbladroller (NL), Larch Tortrix (EN), Grauer Lärchenwickler (DE)
Zeiraphera diniana (Guenée, 1845)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1902b. Note sur quelques Microlépidoptères de la faune belge. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 46: 481–483. On page 481.




Wingspan 16–22 mm. It has relatively longer wings and the pale dorsal blotch extends over a greater proportion of the dorsum than in the other Zeiraphera species. Colour ranges from grey black to brown and their marking may be obscure but are consistent.

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Specimens in nature


The egg is ovoid and flat, yellowish, finely carved and knurled.

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Dark grey-green or grey body with black warts, the head and neck shield black, anal comb black.

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Reddish-brown pupa, up to about 12 mm long.

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Hibernates as an egg. The larva lives inside a tube-like spinning among the needles and pupates in a strong cocoon among plant debris or needles on the surface of soil.
Butterflies fly at dusk and dawn, as well as during the day and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults can be seen from June towards late August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Larix decidua
Host plant (genera):
Picea, Pinus and Abies

The larva feeds mainly on Larix decidua, and exceptionally on Picea abies, Picea sitchensis, Abies alba, Pinus sylvestris and Pinus sp.

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It inhabits gardens, parks, larch plantations and open woodland with stands of larch.

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