Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © Brian Jones,  Epinotia sordidana20-9-14 Herringfleet Hills VC25 (male gen/det J Clifton)

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Epinotia caprana
Large Sallow Bell
Approx Length (c. 11.5mm) Wingspan (18-23mm)
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Epinotia sordidana
Brown Alder Bell

(H?bner, 1824)1153 / 49.228

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Extremely local with us, among alder. Recorded solely from Barsham, after 1890 (Crowfoot).

Recent Status: A rare local species.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in late summer from August till October. Comes to light. The larvae feed on Alnus glutinosa leaves from a rolled or pod, formed from a leaf and commonly on terminal shoots. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The moth is generally not distinctly marked but the edges of a dorsal patch are often present. Generally a dark species with dark hindwings it requires genitalia dissection to separate it from poorly marked E. brunnichana, E. solandriana and E. caprana. It should be noted that the images of genitalia of this group of Epinotia in the Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland are incorrectly labelled. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2017.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/09/2017125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
20/09/2014125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
20/09/2014125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
12/08/2012225TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
07/10/2005126TL77 - Mildenhall
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Wingspan: 18-23mm
Flight: August to October
Foodplant:   Alder
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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