Lobesia virulenta

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Lobesia virulenta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Lobesia
Species: L. virulenta
Binomial name
Lobesia virulenta
Bae & Komai, 1991[1]

Lobesia virulenta is a moth of the Tortricidae family. It was described by Bae & Komai in 1991. It is found from northern Europe[2] to Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku).

The wingspan is 10–13 mm. The forewings are white ochreous, suffused with plumbeous and with yellowish ochreous markings. The hindwings are pale greyish white. Adults are on wing from May to September.

The larvae feed on Pyrus (including Pyrus serotina), Larix (including Larix leptolepis) and Angelica species.[3] They have been recorded feeding on the fruit of pear, but are also recorded living in the gall of Ceratovacuna nekoashi on Styrax japonicus, feeding on the inner walls of the gall.[4]

Subspecies[edit]

  • Lobesia virulenta virulenta (Japan)
  • Lobesia virulenta mieana Falck & Karsholt, 1998 (Europe)

References[edit]

  1. ^ tortricidae.com
  2. ^ Fauna Europaea
  3. ^ Swedish Moths
  4. ^ Bae, Y.-S. & F. Komai, 1991: A Revision of the Japanese Species of the Genus Lobesia GUENEE (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae), with Description of a New Subgenus. Tyô to Ga 42 (2): 115-141. Abstract and full article: [1].