Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Zeiraphera rufimitrana
Red-headed Bell
Approx Length (c. 7.5mm) Wingspan (12-15mm)
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Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana
Spruce-bud Moth

(Ratzeburg, 1840)1163 / 49.259

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Certainly quite uncommon among Scots-firs. Shrubland during 1931-2 (Whit); Orford in July 1902 (Gbs). Tuddenham in July 1896 (Waters); Brandon (Wrn).

Recent Status: Uncommon but widely distributed.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from April to August. The larvae feed inside young shoots of Picea abies, P. sitchensis and P. smithiana also occasionally Abies cephalonica, Pinus sylvestris and P. pinea. They pupate on the ground.

Identification: The smallest of the genus and the most colourful. The dorsal blotch is sharply triangular and always well marked. The colour balance varies from mostly black to mostly a pale brown. Colourful varieties show black, brown, ferruginous, cream and white markings. Zeiraphera males do not have a costal fold.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1902.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
01/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
21/07/2019+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
18/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
16/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 12-15mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Coniferous trees
Nat Status: Local
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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