Gypsonoma dealbana

Gypsonoma dealbana, the common cloaked shoot,[2] is a moth of the family Tortricidae.

Gypsonoma dealbana
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G. dealbana
Binomial name
Gypsonoma dealbana
(Frölich, 1828)[1]
Synonyms
  • Tortrix dealbana Frolich, 1828
  • Spilonota alnetana Guenee, 1845
  • Penthina minorana Treitschke, 1830
  • Hedya obscurifasciana Barrett, 1873
  • Penthina obscurofasciana Heinemann, 1845
  • Gypsonoma reconditana (Herrich-Schaffer, 1855)

DescriptionEdit

The wingspan is 11–14 mm. These moths have a creamy-white patch on the front of the head.[3] Gypsonoma dealbana is the most variable of the species in the genus Gypsonoma in general coloration and clarity of the forewing markings. The white ground color can be overlaid by a plumbeous or brownish grey suffusion with markings less distinct and often partially obscured.[4][5]

BiologyEdit

Adults are on wing from July to August.[3] The larvae feed on a various deciduous trees, including Salix, Populus, Crataegus, Quercus and Corylus species. They window feed on the leaves in autumn and eat the buds, catkins, young shoots and then spun leaves in the spring.[3] Pupation takes place in a cocoon in the larval habitation or in the soil.

DistributionEdit

This species can be found in most of Europe. It is also found in the Near East and the eastern part of the Palearctic realm.[6] These moths live in well wooded areas.[2]

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