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Tortrix   Listen

(pl. tortrices, tortrixes)
California moth whose larvae live in especially oranges.  Synonyms: Argyrotaenia citrana, orange tortrix.
Small Indian moth infesting e.g. tea and coffee plants.  Synonyms: Homona coffearia, tea tortrix.

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"Tortrix" Quotes from Famous Books

... as to escape detection. Vain precaution! since eccentric motion betrays him to keen avian eyes, when, like the traveller's snake, he erects himself on the tip of his tail and sways about in empty space, vaguely feeling for something, he knows not what. And the mechanical tortrix that rolls up a leaf for garment and food, and preys on his own case and shelter until he has literally eaten himself stark naked; after which he rolls up a second leaf, and so on progressively. Thus in his larval life does he symbolize some restless nation that makes ...
— Birds in Town and Village • W. H. Hudson

Words linked to "Tortrix" :   tortricid moth, tortricid

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