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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, June 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a resident that turns up in most parts of Britain, and is often over looked. It is quite scarce in Scotland, and is not particularly common in a few other parts of Britain.

 

WING SPAN: 18mm to 22mm.                                   STATUS: Resident    

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are on the wing from June to August, and are probably single brooded. They are mainly active at night, but can be flushed, or beaten from vegetation in day light.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 18mm in length. They are black, brown or green, sometimes pale and flushed with green or brown, covered with white spots. Each of the white spots have black dots, the anal plate is glossy black. The head is ochreous to brown marked with Black, and is occasionally completely black in colour.

 

HABITAT: These moths inhabit a variety of places including waste ground, disused railway lines, coastal sand dunes, commons and heaths.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants including Plantain, Willowherb, Angelica, Dock, Thistle, Knapweed, Hogweed, Carrot, Scabious and various grasses.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: There other tortrix species that can have a similar appearance.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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