Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Epinotia nigricana
Approx Length (c. 5.5mm) Wingspan (9-11mm)
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Epinotia nanana

(Treitschke, 1835)1145 / 49.242

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Locally quite common on spruce-firs. Annually in my Ipswich garden to 1936 (Whit); Orford in July 1902 (Gbs); Leiston (Grey); Southwold, and plentiful among Scots-firs at Aldeburgh in 1892, also found at Flixton (Ctw). Brandon (Barrett); beaten freely from spruces at Barton Mills in early June 1916 (Elliott, Mly).

Recent Status: Less common than in Morley’s time.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying during June, July and August and coming to light. The larvae feed on Picea abies and P. sitchensis. The larvae hibernate. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation or on the ground.

Identification: The smallest of the Epinotia species. The moth is not distinctively marked. It has a greyish or light brown wing with darker striations and three brown irregular transverse bands. The male doesn't have a costal fold. There is a similar rare E. nigricana but that male has a costal fold and the larvae feed on Abies alba.
The larvae of E. nanana can be identified by their feeding habits. They initially mine a leaf and then move to an adjacent leaf using a silken tube. They feed on this leaf from the tube and deposit frass in the previously mined leaf. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1902.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/06/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/06/2022126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
17/06/2022125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
28/05/2022126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
18/07/2020126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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Wingspan: 9-11mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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