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PICTURE: Caught at light in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2015.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widely distributed throughout England and Wales. It is scarcer further north in England, and in Scotland it is only recorded in a few areas. This species is only recorded from the southern most Irish counties.

 

WING SPAN: 13mm to 17mm.                         STATUS: Resident.

         

FLIGHT PERIOD: These moths are single brooded, and occasionally come to light. They usually fly high in the tree's at sunrise, and in the afternoon sun.

LARVAL PERIOD: The caterpillars are found from August until May of the following year. Though the only feed until October before over wintering. Over wintering takes place in a tough cocoon on the ground amongst leaf litter, or rotting wood.

HABITAT: Around Oak tree's in woods, gardens, hedgerows etc.

FOOD PLANT/S:  Inside acorns, filling the inside with frass.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Some other tortrix species are very similar.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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