Seq # 362930120

Grapholita compositella (Fabricius, 1775) Species

Last modified: March 9, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Grapholitini > Genus: Grapholita > Subgenus: Grapholita > Species: Grapholita compositella
Vernacular names
Sergeant-majoortje (NL)
Grapholita composana (Duponchel, 1836)
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.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in May-June and again in August. The males are active in afternoon sunshine, the females towards sunset.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Trifolium pratense, Trifolium repens and Lotus corniculatus
Host plant (genera):

The larva of the first generation lives in the stem, that of the second in spun terminal leaves or a flower-head of Trifolium sp., mainly Trifolium pratense and Trifolium repens, also on Lotus corniculatus. The full-fed larva hibernates. It pupates in a cocoon spun amongst leaf-litter.

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