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Epinotia cruciana (Linnaeus, 1761) Species

Last modified: Nov. 29, 2023, 10:17 a.m.

A rare species in Belgium, mainly observed in the northern part.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Epinotia > Species: Epinotia cruciana
Vernacular names
Fraaie oogbladroller (NL), Willow Tortrix (EN), Schöner Salweidenwickler (DE)
Epinotia excoecana (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851)
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 86.




Wingspan 12–15 mm. A characteristic forewing pattern with the median fascia very oblique and confluent with subterminal fascia to enclose a patch of ground colour on the costa. Colour of markings varies through shades of grey to ferruginous.

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds from April till early June in an unopened leaf-bud or in spun leaves. Pupation takes place in a flimsy cocoon amongst leaf-litter, usually in a fold of a dead leaf.
the adults can be disturbed from the foliage of the foodplants during the day and are active from late afternoon onwards and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from early June towards early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix cinerea, Salix repens, Salix aurita and Salix caprea
Host plant (genera):

The larva feeds on Salix spp., especially S. cinerea, S. repens, S. caprea and S. aurita.

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It inhabits damp open woodland, boggy heaths, banks of stream etc...

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