Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphelia viburniana

Aphelia viburniana (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

bilberry tortrix

mine

The larva lives freely between spun leaves and shoot tips. Should be able make a short mine in several conifers (Robbins, 1991a).

host plants

Abies; Artemisia maritima; Calluna vulgaris; Centaurea nigra, scabiosa; Comarum; Dryas octopetala; Filipendula ulmaria; Geranium sanguineum; Helianthemum; Juniperus; Laserpitium siler; Limonium vulgare; Lonicera periclymenum; Lotus corniculatus; Lysimachia; Lythrum salicaria; Melittis melissophyllum; Mentha; Myrica gale; Pastinaca; Picea; Pimpinella major; Pinus sylvestris;Plantago lanceolata; Potentilla; Quercus; Rhododendron tomentosum; Rosa; Salix repens; Scabiosa; Scrophularia auriculata; Securigera; Seseli libanotis; Spiraea; Tripolium pannonicum; Vaccinium uliginosum; Viburnum lantana, opulus.

phenology

Univoltine; hibernation as young larva.

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE observed (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, perhaps excluding Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

light to dark grey with conspicuous white pinacula; anal plate almost white, prothoracic plate somewhat darker, both with complicated markings; head light brown with dark eye patch and two blackish brown triangular spots at the rear margin. See also Swatschek.

pupa

See Patočka & Turčáni.

synonyms

Aphelia, Tortrix, viburnana auct.

references

Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Kasy (1987a), Kuchlein & Donner (1003a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lepiforum (2019), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Swatschek (1958a).

Last modified 6.ii.2020