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Grapholita compositella (Fabricius, 1775)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva of the first generation lives in the stem, that of the second in spun terminal leaves or a flower-head of Trifolium sp., mainly Trifolium pratense and Trifolium repens, also on Lotus corniculatus. The full-fed larva hibernates. It pupates in a cocoon spun amongst leaf-litter.

The adults fly in May-June and again in August. The males are active in afternoon sunshine, the females towards sunset.


Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Oostrozebeke, 25 May 2004.
(Photo © Frans Vandemaele)
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