Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tortrix viridana

Tortrix viridana Linnaeus, 1758

green oak tortrix

on Quercus


The young larvae bore into buds, but soon they live freely at the undersides of folded or inrolled leaves. In some years extremely numerous.

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus canariensis, frainetto, ilex, petraea, pubescens, robur, rotundifolia, suber.

Especially in years of mass occurrence larvae may be found also on other tree species like Acer campestre; Ligustrum vulgare.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body green; head brownish black; prothoracic and anal plates pale brown to green. Pinacula brown, sometimes partly greenish brown (Swatschek).


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Bouček (1959a), Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Kavurka (2018a), Klimesch (1942a), Mannai, Ezzine & Ben Jamâa (2018a), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Modlinger & Liška (2016a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Swatschek (1958a), Trematerra (1993a), Trematerra & Colacci (2014a), Vegliante & Zilli (2007a), Žikić, Ritt, Colacci, ao (2019a).

Last modified 14.ii.2023