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  49.065  Strawberry Tortrix (Acleris comariana) Lienig & Zeller              
           
               
           
   

Genitalia confirmation

         
             
 

PICTURE: Acleris Laterana caught at light, Farsley, Pudsey, August 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: These two species are very similar in being common and widespread throughout most of the British Isles. Both species are extremely variable in appearance.

WING SPAN: 13mm to 20mm.                                   STATUS: Residents.         

FLIGHT PERIOD: Both species are double brooded, and Laterana is on the wing in June and July, and again in October and November. Comariana is on the wing in June and July and again from August to November, both species are attracted to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: Laterana can be found in May and June, and again from July through into September. Comariana larvae are found in May and June, and again in July and August.

HABITAT: Habitats for both species are quite varied, and can include parks, gardens, open wood land, heaths, commons, waste ground etc.

FOOD PLANT/S: Laterana larvae feed on the leaves rosaceous shrubs, Sallow, Willow, Bilberry and other related plants. Comariana caterpillars feed on wild and cultivated strawberry and other related plants, and can reach pest status in some years.

SIMILAR SPECIES: Some specimens of these two species are very alike, the only certain way to identify these species is by examination of the genitalia.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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