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Bactra lancealana (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: James K. Lindsey
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Wickler
• English: leafrollers
codling moths
• Español: tortrícidos
• Français: tordeuses

Tortricidae (leafrollers and codling moths)

The Tortricidae are a large family of Lepidoptera with more than 5,000 species and a world-wide distribution. The group includes important plant pests such as the apple codling moth, the spruce budworm or the Oriental fruit moth. The caterpillars of the leafrollers are found inside rolled or joined leaves. The larvae of the codling moths bore into fruits, pods and seeds.

The members are typically medium-size, nocturnal moths with a wingspan of 1-3 cm. The forewings often have characteristic colour pattern and are broad, as are the hind wings.


For biological control agents of weeds in this family see Tortricidae (weed bioagents).

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Tortricidae: