Isotrias rectifasciana

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Isotrias rectifasciana
Tortricidae - Isotrias rectifasciana.JPG
Isotrias rectifasciana. Dorsal view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Isotrias
Species: I. rectifasciana
Binomial name
Isotrias rectifasciana
(Haworth, 1811)[1]

Isotrias rectifasciana, the hedge shade, is a species of moth of the Tortricidae family.


This species can be found in Great Britain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania and Greece, as well as Turkey and Russia.[3]


These moths prefer hedgerows, woodland rides and margins, where hawthorn, oak and other host plants are present, but also it can be found on coastal salt marshes.[4]


Lateral view

Adults are sexually dimorphic. The wingspan reach 11–14 mm in females, while males have less distinct forewing markings and they are larger, as their wingspan reach 14–16 mm.[5][6] Forewings are gray-brown, with darker brown transversal markings.

This species is quite similar to moths belonging to Cnephasia genus, but the hedge shade has directly transverse dark brown markings.[6][7]


Adults are on wing from May to the end of June and again from August to October in two generations per year. They fly from dusk onwards.[8]

Larvae have been reared on hawthorn (Crataegus), Acer and Quercus species.[9] They feed from within a silken tube on the underside of a leaf.[10]


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