Cyclamen tortrix

Cyclamen tortrix roller is a moth and belongs to the leaf rollers.

Koolbladroller, foto: Fvlamoen - CC BY-SA 4.0

Cyclamen tortrix (Clepsis spectrana) is a moth and belongs to the leaf rollers (Tortricidae). Characteristic for leafroller moths is that they live in a rolled or folded leaf or are spun between the leaves.
The larvae (caterpillars) of the leafroller moths eat leaves, shoots and buds.
The cyclamen tortrix has a wingspan of about 19 mm and the wings are folded over the body at rest, protecting the body. The cyclamen tortrix is covered with yellow/green and brown spots.
Parasitic wasps and predatory bugs are among the natural enemies of leafroller moths.

Where to find

  • Deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the ornamental and vegetable garden.
  • Rose
  • Azalea
  • Chrysanthemum


Difficult to to control: because the caterpillars are hidden, they are largely inaccessible to natural enemies.In horticulture, leafrollers are controlled with biological agents in the form of nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae) and predatory bugs (Macrolophus caliginosus).


Provide the open windows with insect-proof mesh at greenhouses, this will keep the cyclamen tortrix out.

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