Seq # 361310030

Cnephasia genitalana Pierce & Metcalfe, 1922 Species

Last modified: Nov. 9, 2023, 12:13 p.m.

The status of this species, which is currently very rare is based only on individuals that have been checked for genitalia.
More than likely the species is much more common than we think.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Cnephasiini > Genus: Cnephasia > Subgenus: Cnephasia > Species: Cnephasia genitalana
Vernacular names
Vale spikkelbladroller (NL), Dover Shade (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1956. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 56: 1, 58, 81. On page 81.




Wingspan 15–22 mm. Whitish ground colour with dark grey-brown markings which are often obsolescent. When discernable the subbasal fascia is narrow with a sharp angle at its middle. As with other Cnephasia spp. requires genital dissection for confident identification.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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Male: sacculus very long and strongly drooping, aedeagus slender and curved.
Female: colliculum unlipped, thickened and bent or angled along left margin.


The larva lives between spun leaves. The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-June towards mid-August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Senecio, Mentha, Ononis, Leucanthemum, Centaurea, Anthyllis and Ranunculus

The caterpillar appears to be quite polyphagous, but prefers to live on Asteraceae flowers like Hieracium sp. and Leucanthemum vulgare. Other known food plants are Senecio, Ranunculus, Medicago, Trifolium, Mentha, Coronilla, Digitalis, Centaurea, Teucrium, etc.

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It prefers chalk downland, open forests and rough grassland.

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