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Epinotia abbreviana (Fabricius, 1794) Species

Last modified: Nov. 27, 2023, 2:11 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Epinotia > Species: Epinotia abbreviana
Vernacular names
Oranje oogbladroller (NL), Brown Elm Bell, Brown Elm Tortrix (EN), Feldulmen-Blattwickler (DE)
Epinotia trimaculana (Donovan, 1806) , Epinotia lithoxylana (Frölich, 1828) and Epinotia ulmariana (Duponchel, 1843)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 21.




Wingspan 12–16 mm. E. abbreviana varies greatly in the strength of its markings and it is very variable in colour from pale ochreous through ferruginous to blackish-brown. The antemedian fascia usually shows an acute angulation.

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Specimens in nature

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Hibernates as an egg. The first instar larva feeds first in an developing leaf-bud, which show a characteristic pattern of holes between the veins when expanded. Later on in spun leaves, especially those of a terminal shoot. Pupation in a silken cocoon in larval shelter or on soil amongst leaf-litter.
During daylight, it often sits exposed on foliage or trunks. The adults are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from half May towards September.

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The larva feeds on Ulmus minor and Ulmus glabra. Its known, if the larva is dislodged from its normal foodplant it accepts other food sources as Acer campestre and Stellaria holostea.

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Occurs in suitable habitats where the food plant grows.

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