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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden on the Stone Road, Stafford, July 1984.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a fairly common resident in England and Wales on lower ground. It is less common in Scotland. males and females are sexually dimorphic.

 

WING SPAN: 18mm to 26mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are either single brooded, or have a protracted emergence. Adult moths can be seen from May to September, though the normal flight period is June and July. These moths are attracted to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars can be found from July through to September. They over winter before completing their growth the following spring. Pupation normally occurs in mid spring, adult moths emerge soon after. Occasionally fully grown larvae can be found in August, which pupate immediately and produce moths in September.

 

HABITAT: They inhabit low lying bushy area's where there food plants grow, and these include orchards, gardens, parks and other places where fruit tree's are present.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Fruit tree's and occasionally other tree's and shrubs.

                                         

SIMILAR SPECIES: Some other tortrix species are similar..

           
               
             
               
             
 

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