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Title: Tortricidae  
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Subject: Aprostocetus, Lepidoptera, Acleris luoyingensis, Acleris lucipara, Acleris kuznetzovi
Collection: Moth Families, Moths, Tortricidae, Tortricoidea
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Bactra lancealana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division: Ditrysia
Section: Cossina
Subsection: Cossina
Superfamily: Tortricoidea
Latreille, 1803
Family: Tortricidae
Latreille, 1803
Subfamilies & Tribes

See also Taxonomy of Tortricidae for full list of genera.

Over 1,050 genera
Over 10,350 species


Tortricidae is a family of moths, commonly known as tortrix moths or leafroller moths,[1] in the order Lepidoptera. Tortricidae is a large family with over 10,350 species described, and is the sole member of the superfamily Tortricoidea.,[2] although the genus Heliocosma is sometimes placed within this superfamily. Many of these are economically important pests. Olethreutidae is a junior synonym. The typical resting posture is with the wings folded back producing a rather rounded profile.

Notable tortricids include the codling moth and the spruce budworm, which are among the most well-studied insects on the planet because of their economic impact.[3]


  • Some common Tortricids 1
    • A typical tortricid - the codling moth 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Some common Tortricids

The Tortricids include many economically important pests, including :-

See also Mexican jumping bean moth (Cydia deshaisiana)

A typical tortricid - the codling moth

Tortricidae is considered to be the single most important family of insects that feed on apples, both economically and in diversity of feeding found on fruit, buds, leaves and shoots. In New York state, no fewer than 17 species of Tortricidae have gained pest status in regards to apple production.

The organophosphate sprays are favored and are timed carefully to catch the hatching larvae before they can bore into the fruit.

See also


  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002
  1. ^ BugGuide
  2. ^ van Nieukerken; et al. (2011). "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness" (PDF). Zootaxa 3148: 212–221. 
  3. ^ Tortricidae, by John W. Brown, Joaquin Baixeras

External links

  • British Tortricoid Moths.
  • Family Tortricidae at
  • Eurasian Tortricidae
  • Tortricid Fauna of Apple In New York.(LEPIDOPTERA: TORTRICIDAE): Including An Account Of Apples' Occurrence In The State, Especially As A Naturalized Plant, written by P.J. Chapman and S.E. Link, Geneva: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 1971
  • , Nantucket pine tip mothRhyacionia frustrana on the UF / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site

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