Homona magnanima

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Homona magnanima Diakonoff, 1948 - (Oriental tea tortrix)

This tortrix moth is found in eastern Asia. The larvae are polyphagous, but H. magnanima has been mainly reported as a pest of tea bushes in Japan. Leaves are tied together and the larvae feed inside the webbing. The larval development lasts around 1 month, with the young larvae feeding mainly on young leaves and later attack older leaves. There are 4 generations per year in Japan.

The adult moths have a wingspan of around 25 mm and are light brown with darker lines and marks. The forewing edges where the wings meet at rest can be reddish.