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  49.022 Brindled Twist (Pytcholoma lecheana) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Reared from a larva found in the back alley behind Corporation Street, Stafford, July 1992.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a fairly common resident in the British Isles, but is quite localised in Scotland. The metallic scales on the fore wings are not always apparent in some specimens. It also appears that in freshly emerged adults these metallic scales only start to show as the specimen gets older.

 

WING SPAN: 16mm to 20mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

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FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are single brooded and are on the wing in June and July.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 12mm in length. They feed inside rolled up leaves of the food plants which is a wide variety of tree's and shrubs. Caterpillars can be found from August through to May of the following year. Pupation takes place in cracks on the tree bark.

 

HABITAT: They inhabit bushy places with tree's and shrubs including, parks, gardens, light wood land, commons, hedgerows etc.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: The leaves of a wide variety of tree's and shrubs.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are other tortrix moths with a similar appearance.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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