Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Grapholita tenebrosana

Grapholita tenebrosana Duponchel, 1843

deep-brown piercer, rose-hip tortricid, briar moth

on Rosa, (Sorbus)


The larva bores in the pulp of the hip, just below the epidermis. The mine is recognisable as a brown line; later the hip turns wrinkled and dark brown coloured. Hibernation and pupation in a cocoon, attached to a branch.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Rosa canina, rugosa; Sorbus aucuparia.

Only rarely on Sorbus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Pictures on Lepiforum; see also Swatschek.


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Cydia, Grapholitha tenebrosana; Grapholitha, Laspeyresia, roseticolana Zeller, 1849.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Lepiforum (2019), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Swatschek (1958a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 27.xi.2019