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Homona coffearia
(tea tortrix)

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Homona coffearia (tea tortrix)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Homona coffearia
  • Preferred Common Name
  • tea tortrix
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Pictures

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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Wingspan, females 12-13 mm, males 8-10 mm, forewings with one or two pale bands running obliquely across them, in males the darker areas have a more intricate pattern.
TitleAdult
CaptionWingspan, females 12-13 mm, males 8-10 mm, forewings with one or two pale bands running obliquely across them, in males the darker areas have a more intricate pattern.
CopyrightNatural History Museum, London
Wingspan, females 12-13 mm, males 8-10 mm, forewings with one or two pale bands running obliquely across them, in males the darker areas have a more intricate pattern.
AdultWingspan, females 12-13 mm, males 8-10 mm, forewings with one or two pale bands running obliquely across them, in males the darker areas have a more intricate pattern.Natural History Museum, London
Larvae have a shiny black head and grow up to about 25 mm in length.
TitleLarva
CaptionLarvae have a shiny black head and grow up to about 25 mm in length.
CopyrightJames Litsinger
Larvae have a shiny black head and grow up to about 25 mm in length.
LarvaLarvae have a shiny black head and grow up to about 25 mm in length.James Litsinger
Larval damage, including webbing, on mung bean.
TitleLarva and damage
CaptionLarval damage, including webbing, on mung bean.
CopyrightJames Litsinger
Larval damage, including webbing, on mung bean.
Larva and damageLarval damage, including webbing, on mung bean.James Litsinger
Homona coffearia on tea.
TitleHomona coffearia on tea
CaptionHomona coffearia on tea.
Copyright©CTC/Zeneca
Homona coffearia on tea.
Homona coffearia on teaHomona coffearia on tea.©CTC/Zeneca
Damage by Homona coffearia on tea plant.
TitleDamage symptoms on tea plant
CaptionDamage by Homona coffearia on tea plant.
Copyright©CTC/Zeneca
Damage by Homona coffearia on tea plant.
Damage symptoms on tea plantDamage by Homona coffearia on tea plant.©CTC/Zeneca

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Homona coffearia (Nietner, 1861)

Preferred Common Name

  • tea tortrix

Other Scientific Names

  • Capua coffearia (Nietner, 1861)
  • Godana simulana Walker, 1866
  • Homona fasciculana Walker, 1863
  • Homona fimbriana Walker, 1869
  • Homona menciana (Walker, 1863)
  • Homona socialis Meyrick, 1912
  • Tortrix coffearia (Nietner, 1861)

International Common Names

  • English: coffee tortrix; tea flushworm; tea tortricid
  • French: tordeuse du theier

Local Common Names

  • Germany: tee-wickler
  • Japan: tya-hamaki
  • Netherlands: zwartkoprups an tee

EPPO code

  • HOMOCO (Homona coffearia)
  • HOMOME (Homona menciana)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Tortricidae
  •                             Genus: Homona
  •                                 Species: Homona coffearia

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / webbing

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Acanthocordax papuanus
Apanteles taragamae Parasite Larvae
Aulosaphes bicolor Parasite
Brachymeria lasus Parasite
Dolichogenidea hyposidrae Parasite Larvae
Elasmus homonae Parasite
Habronyx discoidellus Parasite Larvae/Pupae
Macrocentrus homonae Parasite Larvae India; Sri Lanka Camellia sinensis
Palexorista solennis Parasite Larvae
Phytodietus spinipes Parasite Larvae
Trichogramma dendrolimi Parasite
Trichogramma evanescens Parasite Eggs Sri Lanka

References

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Chacko MJ, 1987. Biological control with exotic as well as indigenous natural enemies. Journal of Coffee Research, 17(1):109-113

Cranham JE; Danthanarayana W, 1971. Tea tortrix (Homona coffearia Nietner). Advisory Pamphlet, Tea Research Institute of Ceylon, No. 5/66, 8 pp.

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

Gadd CH, 1946. Macrocentrus homonae - a polyembryonic parasite of tea tortrix (Homonae coffearia). Ceylon Journal of Science (B), 23:67-79.

Liu S-K, 1964. Note on nine litchi flower and fruit borers in Kwangtung Province. Acta entomologica sinica, 13:145-158.

Meyrick E, 1910. Revision of Australian Tortricina. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New South Wales, 35:139-294.

Mills NJ; Carl KP, 1991. Parasitoids and predators. In: Van der Geest LPS, Evenhuis, HH, eds. Tortricid Pests their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 235-252.

Muraleedharan N; Selvasundaram R, 1991. Bio-ecology of Phytodietus spinipes (Cameron) a parasitoid of Homona coffearia Nietner, the tea tortrix. Journal of Plantation Crops, 19(1):26-32

Muraleedharan N; Selvasundaram R; Radhakrishnan B, 1988. Natural enemies of certain tea pests occurring in southern India. Insect Science and its Application, 9(5):647-654

Nietner J, 1861. Observations on the enemies of the coffee tree in Ceylon. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Ceylon Times.

Selvasundaram R; Muraleedharan N, 1987. Natural enemies of certain leaf folding caterpillar pests of tea in southern India. Journal of Coffee Research, 17(1):118-119

Selvasundaram R; Muraleedharan N, 1989. Observations on the larval parasitoids of Homona coffearia (Nietner) (Tortricidae: Lepidoptera) in a tea garden at the Annamalais. Journal of Plantation Crops, 16(Supplement):185-188

Tamaki Y, 1991. Tortricids in tea. In: Van der Geest LPS, Evenhuis HH, eds. Tortricid Pests their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 541-551.

Van der Geest LPS; Wearing CH; Dugdale JS, 1991. Tortricids in miscellaneous crops. In: Van der Geest LPS, Evenhuis HH, eds. Tortricid Pests their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 563-577.

Waterhouse DF, 1993. The Major Arthropod Pests and Weeds of Agriculture in Southeast Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 21. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 141 pp.

Whittle CP; Bellas TE; Horak M; Pinese B, 1987. The sex pheromone and taxonomic status of Homona spargotis Meyrick sp. rev., an Australian pest species of the coffearia group (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Tortricinp). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 26(2):169-179

Zhang BC(Compiler), 1994. Index of economically important Lepidoptera. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 599 pp.

Zhou ZhongShi; Deng GuoRong, 2006. Natural enemies of leaf rollers on longan and litchi and their control efficiency. Chinese Journal of Biological Control, 22(1):78-80.

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