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PICTURE: Reared from a larva found at Wood's Nook in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, May 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is a common resident in England, Wales, Ireland and southern Scotland. They are extremely variable, ranging from creamy yellow to darkish brown. The darker markings how ever are usually fairly consistent, the darker marks on the edges of the fore wings.

 

WING SPAN: 16mm to 22mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.    

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are on the wing from early May through until September. There is probably two or more over lapping, protracted broods each year.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature larvae are olive grey, brown or creamy brown. There are rows of lighter coloured spots along the upper sides, and the head and prothoracic plate are black, or blackish brown. The anal plate is creamy brown with blackish markings, and there is six to eight pronged anal comb.

 

HABITAT:  They appear in a variety of habitats, such as waste ground, disused railways, gardens and parks. But they seem to prefer damp lush area's of growth, such as damp wood land, marshes, bogs and coastal saltings.

FOOD PLANT/S: Caterpillars feed on spun leaves of Yellow Flag, Meadowsweet, Great Willowherb, nettles, Honeysuckle, Sea Aster, Sea Wormwood and Sea Lavender. They also feed on some cultivated plants such as Cyclamen, Hops and Pelagonium, and some times on tree's including Oak, Acer, Poplar and Spruce.

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

           
               
             
               
             
 

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