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Acleris laterana
Approx Length (c. 11mm) Wingspan (18-22 mm.)
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Acleris sparsana

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1041 / 49.069

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Locally not uncommon, but beech is not indigenous here. Bentley Woods, where is no beech, in August 1895; Ipswich, Shrubland, Walberswick (Whit); rarely in Monks Soham garden, where is beech (Mly); Waldrihgfield in 1902 (Wir); Leiston (Grey); Flixton near Bungay (Ctw); several beaten in Blythburgh Wood during August to October, Ashby at light, and Gorleston.

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A. sparsana occurs late in the year most commonly found in late autumn/early winter. Night flying and comes to light. The larvae feed from a leaf spinning on Fagus, Carpinus or Acer species.

Identification: It is the largest of our Acleris species. It is broad shouldered with a rounded apex. The colour is a glossy grey with darker markings. The markings may be brown shaded and can also be more or less distinct.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/01/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/11/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
20/11/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
19/11/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
18/11/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Wingspan: 18-22 mm.
Flight: July through to November.
Foodplant:   Beech and Sycamore.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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