Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Approx Length (c. 11.5mm) Wingspan (19-23 mm.)
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Tortricodes alternella
Winter Shade

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1025 / 49.044

Morley’s Final Catalogue: In great profusion in all the larger oak-woods from Bentley to Fritton in Februarv and March.

Recent Status: A common species in the drier land areas of Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from January to March. One of the few regular species at that time of the year. They fly by day and come to light. The larvae feed from spun or turned down leaves of deciduous Quercus and also Betula, Corylus, Crataegus, Prunus spinosa and Tilia. They pupate in a silken and earth covered cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The moth is easily recognised particularly from the time of appearance but is quite variable. More Info

Recorded in 35 (60%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1991.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/03/2021125TM14 - Ipswich
08/03/2021325TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
25/02/2021425TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
25/02/2021125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
25/02/2021125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 19-23 mm.
Flight: Feb - April.
Foodplant:   Oak, Hornbeam, others.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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