Rhopobota naevana

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Rhopobota naevana (Hübner, 1817) - (blackheaded fireworm)

This moth is widely distributed and breeds on different fruit trees like apple and pear or other trees like Ilex (holly tortrix). In North American it can be a serious pest of blueberries and cranberries.

On blueberries there are usually 2 generations per year. In spring the overwintering eggs of the 2nd generation hatch and feed on the foliage. As the larvae grow, they form protective galleries with webbing. The 2nd generation is found during mid and late summer and the larvae may also feed on the berries at that time.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: gefleckter Obstbaumwickler
• English: blackheaded fireworm
holly tortrix
• Français: tordeuse des canneberges