Dichelia histrionana

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Dichelia histrionana
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Dichelia
D. histrionana
Binomial name
Dichelia histrionana
(Frölich, 1828)[1]
  • Tortrix histrionana Frölich, 1828
  • Tortrix pinana [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775
  • Cacoecia stygiana Rebel, 1929

Dichelia histrionana is a species of moth of the family Tortricidae. It is found from Fennoscandia to Belgium, Italy and Greece and from the Netherlands to Poland and Romania.

The wingspan is 17–22 mm.[2] Adults are on wing from the end of May to late August.

The larvae feed on Picea and Abies species. They live in the old needles of their host plant. A single larva mines a number of leaves, entering though a round opening, mostly in the base of the leaf. Mined needles are spun together. The frass is ejected. Often the larvae can be seen outside the mine, in the spinning. Older larvae live freely among spun needles.[3] The species overwinters as a young larva in a mined needle.[4] Larvae can be found from August to June of the following year. They are bright green with a chestnut to black head.


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ "microlepidoptera.nl". Archived from the original on 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  3. ^ bladmineerders.nl
  4. ^ "Lepidoptera of Belgium". Archived from the original on 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-21.