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Clavigesta sylvestrana (Curtis, 1850) Species

Last modified: Nov. 26, 2023, 1:58 p.m.

A very rare and local species in the north of Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Clavigesta > Species: Clavigesta sylvestrana
Vernacular names
Grote dennenlotbladroller (NL), Small Pine Shoot (EN), Großer Kieferntriebwickler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1865. Notes sur quelques Lépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune de Belgique. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 9: 47–48. On page 47.




Wingspan 12–15 mm. Labial palps, head and thorax grey, irrorate white. Forewing with obscure stripes of dark and silvery grey, with a variable overlay of ferruginous-purple colour especially subcostally and subapically.

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds on buds, shoots, twigs, and male catkins on the host plant. It forms a silk gallery. Pupation in a silken cocoon near the larval habitation where it overwinters.
They come sparsely to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from late June till August, especially in July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pinus pinaster and Pinus sylvestris

The larva feeds on coniferous trees, mainly on Pinus sylvestris and Pinus pinaster.

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It inhabits coniferous woodland and plantations.

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