Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Leafroller caterpillar

Rolled leaf and pupal case

Rolled leaf and pupal case

Epiphyas postvittana Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae

Size range

  • Caterpillar 10–18 mm


  • NZ in cultivated lowland areas.– Self introduced from Australia

Life History

  • Green caterpillars roll and tie leaves with silk, causing damage to foliage and fruit
  • Wide host range
  • Pests of orchard trees and plantation forests

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