Seq # 361180010

Dichelia histrionana (Frölich, 1828) Species

Last modified: Nov. 8, 2023, 12:07 p.m.

A rather rare and local species in Belgium, although widespread.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Archipini > Genus: Dichelia > Species: Dichelia histrionana
Vernacular names
Splintervlekbladroller (NL), Spruce Tortrix (EN), Grauer Fichtenwickler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1946b. Microlépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 46: 121–123. On page 122.




Wingspan 17–22 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



No pictures yet!


Young larvae mine a number of leaves, entering though a round opening, mostly in the base of the leaf. Mined leaves are spun together. The frass is ejected, part of it is trapped in the spinning. Often the larvae can be seen outside the mine, in the spinning. Older larvae live free among spun needles. Hibernation in young larval stage in a mined needle.
The adults are active from dusk and later come to light.

No pictures yet!

Flight periods

The adults can be seen from late April, but usually fly from end of May till late September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Picea abies
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives in old needles of Picea or Abies.

No pictures yet!