Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ditula angustiorana

Ditula angustiorana (Haworth, 1811)

red-barred tortrix

on woody plants

Ditula angustiorana

Hoofddorp, 12.vii.2021 © Laurens van der Linde

Ditula angustiorana  on Picea omorika

Picea omorika, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, 7.iii.2014 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Ditula angustiorana  on Picea omorika


Ditula angustiorana: pupa



The larva lives in a spinning, feeding on the leaves, flower buds and fruits. Said by (Robbins, 1991a) to be able to mine in Abies needles, but this hardly be more than an incidental observation.


a polyphagous non-miner of deciduous trees and shrubs; very rare on conifers; has been recorded as mining Abies (Robbins, 1991a).

host plants

Broadly polyphagous

Abies grandis; Adenocarpus complicatus; Betula; Buddleja davidii; Buxus sempervirens; Corylus; Erica australis; Frangula alnus; Hedera helix; Hippophae rhamnoides; Juniperus communis; Larix decidua; Laurus nobilis; Ligustrum; Lonicera; Mahonia aquifolium; Malus; Medicago sativa; Myrica gale; Picea abies, omorika, pungens; Pinus sylvestris; Prunus; Pyrus; Quercus pubescens; Rhododendron; Salix; Symphoricarpos; Taxus baccata;Thuja; Ulmus; Viscum album; Vitis vinifera; Vaccinium myrtillus.

Preference for Taxus baccata (Wegner)


Univoltine: late summer, hibernation as larva in a spinning.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Ireland to Slovenia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


pictures on Lepiforum; see also Swatschek.


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Batodes angustiorana.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Corley (2005a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Corley, Rosete, Marabuto ao (2014a), Corley, Rosete, Romão ao (2015a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Hausmann & Scalercio (2016a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lepiforum (2019), Nunes (2021a), Parsons & McGill (2010a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Requena i Miret (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Swatschek (1958a), Wegner (2010a), Weyh (2015a).

Last modified 30.viii.2023