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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden on Corporation Street, Stafford, July 1993.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a fairly common resident through out Britain.

 

WING SPAN: 13mm to 19mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

        

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are on the wing from July to September, probably in two overlapping broods. Moths fly from late afternoon and well into the evening, and they are attracted to light.           

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 12mm in length. Eggs are laid along the mid rib on the upper surface of a leaf on the food plant. Caterpillars can be from August through to May of the following year.

 

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

 

FOOD PLANT/S: They feed on the dead and withered leaves of various tree's, and appear to favour Lilac and Privet.

 

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

           
               
             
               
             
 

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