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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, November 2012.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is resident, and is fairly common over most of the British Isles. The ground colour of the wings is quite variable, ranging from brown through to grey. Sometimes there is a noticeable triangular mark on each of the fore wings, and there may be specks of brighter colours.

 

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

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths are on the wing from August trough into October, and some times as late as December. They fly shortly after dusk, and are attracted to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 12mm in length. They are long and slender with a yellowish green body, which is blotched with darker green. The head is light brown. Eggs hatch in the spring, and the caterpillars can be found feeding on Sycamore or Beech from spring through to early summer.

 

HABITAT: It inhabits wood land, gardens, parks, hedgerows and other bushy places where the food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Sycamore or Beech leaves. 

                                         

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are a few other similar looking tortrix moths.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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