Zeiraphera griseana

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Zeiraphera griseana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Zeiraphera
Species: Z. griseana
Binomial name
Zeiraphera griseana
(Hübner, 1799)[1]
  • Zeiraphera diniana
  • Tortrix griseana Hubner, [1796-1799]
  • Steganoptycha diniana var. desertana Caradja, 1916
  • Sphaleroptera diniana Guenee, 1845
  • Poecilochroma occultana Douglas, 1846
  • Grapholitha pinicolana Lienig & Zeller, 1846

The Zeiraphera griseana, the larch tortrix, is a moth of the Tortricidae family.

Caterpillar of Zeiraphera griseana on European larch (Larix decidua


The wingspan is 16–22 mm. The long, narrow forewings are greyish brown, lightly speckled with whitish. [2] The brown-gray hindwings are broader than the forewings. [3]


Zeiraphera griseana is a single-brooded species. [4] Adults are on wing in July depending on the location. Larvae live inside a tube-like spinning among the leaves. [2] They feed on the needles of Larix species (Larix gmelini and Larix decidua), Picea asperata, Abies fabri, Pinus sylvestris and Pinus cembra. [5]


This species is present in Europe, China (Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Shaanxi, Gansu, Xinjiang), Korea, Japan, Russia and North America. [5]


  • Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier: Tier in der Landschaft - Einfluss und ökologische Bedeutung. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-8001-2783-0


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