Adoxophyes honmai

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Adoxophyes honmai (Yasuda, 1998) - (smaller tea tortrix)

This moth is found in eastern Asia and infests tea and other crops. It often occurs together with the Oriental tea tortrix, Homona magnanima but is more important. Females deposit their eggs on the lower surface of tea leaves and the young larvae feed mainly on young shoots. The feeding damage reduces the quantity and quality of the tea. In northern Japan, there are 4 generations per year, but 5 in southern parts of the country.

The adult moth is very similar to Adoxophyes orana and both species need to be distinguished by the structure of the male genitalia. The wingspan is around 15 mm and the forewings are brownish and are often crossed by darker bands.