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Archips oporana (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Nov. 6, 2023, 3:06 p.m.

A fairly common species in the northern part of Belgium, much rarer in the south.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Archipini > Genus: Archips > Species: Archips oporana
Vernacular names
Fraaie dennenbladroller (NL), Pine Tortrix (EN), Kiefernnadelwickler (DE)
Archips piceana (Linnaeus, 1758)
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 67.




Wingspan 19–28 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


See also
The young caterpillars mine in the needles of Cupressaceae and Pinaceae, they make a number of small spot mines. They enter the needle through a hole usually located at the base of the needle. Older caterpillars spin a number of needles together.

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The young larvae mine in the needles, older larvae spin the needles together.
They are active at dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from late May till July, and a partial second generation in August-September/October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pinus sylvestris, Abies alba and Picea glauca
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on Pinus sylvestris, Abies alba and other coniferous trees like Picea, Larix, and even sometimes Juniperus.

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It occurs in and around conifer plantations.

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