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 39 (67%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1895. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats