Syricoris lacunana

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Syricoris lacunana
Tortricidae - Celypha (Syricoris) lacunana-002.JPG
Scientific classification
S. lacunana
Binomial name
Syricoris lacunana

Numerous, see text

Syricoris lacunana, the dark strawberry tortrix, is a small moth species of the family Tortricidae. It is found in the Palearctic realm.

Like its congeners, it is sometimes still placed in the genus Celypha.[1]


Junior synonyms of this species are:[2]

  • Argyroploce lacunana var. lucivaganoides Strand, 1920
  • Argyroploce symmathetes Caradja, 1916
  • Celypha lacunana (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Loxoterma lacunana (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Olethreutes pallidana Hauder, 1918
  • Orthotaenia alternana Curtis, 1831
  • Pyralis decussana Fabricius, 1775
  • Penthina lacunana var. hoffmanniana Teich, 1890
  • Sericoris herbana Guenée, 1845
  • Sericoris lacunana f. fuscoapicalis Strand, 1901
  • Sericoris rooana Degraff, 1861
  • Syricoris alticola Gibeaux, 1990
  • Syricoris hoffmanniana (Teich, 1890)
  • Syricoris lacunana alticola Gibeaux, 1990
  • Syricoris lucivaganoides (Strand, 1920)
  • Tortrix lacunana Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775


Dorsal view

Syricoris lacunana has a wingspan of 16–18 millimetres (0.63–0.71 in). The forewings show various shades of gray brown crossed by a few thin irregular silvery lines. The caterpillars can reach a length of about 15 millimetres (0.59 in) and are colored brown to dark brown.

These moths are quite variable and can be confused with some other species (Olethreutes obsoletana, Celypha doubledayana, Orthotaenia undulana).



The adult moths are active at dusk and fly from late April to September in the temperate part of their range (e.g. Belgium and the Netherlands). The caterpillars can be encountered from April to September.

It is a univoltine species. The larvae are polyphagous, feeding on various herbaceous plants (Daucus spec., Succisa spec., Ononis sp., Mentha sp., Caltha sp., Ranunculus sp., Inula sp., Cirsium sp., Chrysanthemum sp., Lysimachia sp., Chenopodium sp.. Urtica sp., Artemisia sp., Filipendula spec., Fragaria sp., Sanguisorba sp., Epilobium sp., Rubus sp., Salix sp., Betula sp., Ligustrum sp.. Larix spec., Picea sp.).


It is present all over Europe, in most northern countries in the east Palearctic realm, and in the Near East.


This very common species can be found in hedgerows, fields and woodland edges.


  1. ^ See references in Savela (2005)
  2. ^ Baixeras et al. (2009)


  • Baixeras, J.; Brown, J.W. & Gilligan, T.M. (2009): Online World Catalogue of the TortricidaeSyricoris lacunana. Version 1.3.1. Retrieved 2009-JAN-16.
  • Savela, Markku (2005): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Celypha. Version of 2005-SEP-14. Retrieved 2010-APR-16.

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