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PICTURE: Caught at light, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, September 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth was probably an accidental import Australia, and first appeared in Cornwall, in the nineteen thirties. Since it has spread rapidly northwards, and is now a common species in many parts of the British Isles. The patterns on their fore wings is quite variable, the darker part of the wing (seen in the picture on the left) can be absent, or reduced to a few dark streaks.

WING SPAN: 16mm to 25mm.                                   STATUS: Resident

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are at least double, or triple brooded. They can be seen in just about any month of the year, but are most common from May through to October.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 20mm in length, and fairly slender. The body of the caterpillar ranges from light to dark green, with a fine darker line along the centre of the back, occasionally they appear semi opaque. Some times there are two white spots, one either side just behind the head. The head is light reddish brown, some times tinged with green.

HABITAT: Habitats are gardens, parks, orchards etc.

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants are numerous, I have found the caterpillars on geranium, flowering fern, buddleia, hawthorn, rose and a few other plants.

SIMILAR SPECIES: Variations of the Light Brown Apple Moths have similarities to some other tortrix species.

       
               
             
               
   

         
 

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