Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Immature stages

Approx Length (c. 8mm) Wingspan (12 - 16 mm)
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Epinotia abbreviana
Brown Elm Bell

(Fabricius, 1794)1150 / 49.234

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Abundant everywhere on elm; unnoted in the west. Copdock, Bramford, Nacton, Hacheston and Marlesford, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Yoxford, Blythbro Wood, &c.

Recent Status: Locally common in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from June till September. The larvae feed on Ulmus and Acer campestre. They pupate on the ground. The ova pass the winter.

Identification: The moth is very variable. When specimens show markings then the shape and clearly marked edge of the basal patch should allow identification. Otherwise genitalia dissection may be necessary.
The larvae feed in unopened buds in their first instar that results in a characteristic arc of holes between the veins as the leaves open and expand later in the year. More Info

Recorded in 36 (62%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1987.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/08/2021125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
01/08/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
14/07/2021125TM04 - Hadleigh
12/07/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Wingspan: 12 - 16 mm
Flight: June - July.
Foodplant:   Elm.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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