T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Cnephasia jactatana (Black-lyre leafroller moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Tortricidae
Tribe:        Cnephasiini
Genus:      Cnephasia
Species:     C. jactatana
Binomial name: Cnephasia jactatana
Common name: Black-lyre Leafroller Moth

Cnephasia jactatana is a tortrix moth species endemic to New Zealand and is primarily known as an important pest of Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa). The eggs are laid on the topside of leaves. They prefer the older leaves. When hatched the caterpillars feed on kiwifruit leaves, and may damage the skin of the fruit and cause more deep flesh damage than any other leafroller. Furthermore, this species also feeds on other important plants, such as Vitis (Grapes), Citrus, Crataegus (Hawthorns), Diospyros (Ebonies), Eucalyptus and Fuchsia).
Cnephasia jactatana is not present in any of the countries that import New Zealand horticultural crops as it is considered to be a quarantine pest.