Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. 5 August 2019

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Spilonota laricana
Larch-bud Moth
Gypsonoma aceriana
Rosy Cloaked Shoot
Approx Length (c. 8.5mm) Wingspan (12-17mm)
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Spilonota ocellana
Bud Moth

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1205 / 49.224

Morley’s Final Catalogue: An abundant species on palings and at light, from at least Bentley Woods to Burgh Castle and Gorleston.

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded or may have a partial second brood. It can be found from May to September and comes to light. The larvae feed on a very wide range of mostly tree and shrub leaves. The larvae hibernate in a silken hibernaculum on a stem or twig. They feed from leaf spinnings and inside buds.

Identification: There is a basal patch, a roughly triangular pre-ocellar mark and termen, all marked dark. The ocellus is black dashed and suffused grey or brown and grey. The moth is similar to S. laricana. S. laricana has a more irregular edge to the basal patch, more extensive grey suffusion in the costal half and ocellus, the black dashes in the ocellus are more extensive and has a prominent costal suffusion at one half. When dark forms of S. ocellana occur the paler areas of the wing are all darkened where-as S. laricana retains the pale dorsal central area. Identification by genitalia dissection is possible, but not easy, for the males but not possible for the females.

Recorded in 43 (74%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1977.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/09/2021125TM04 - Hadleigh
01/09/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
25/08/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
24/08/2021225TG50 - Gorleston
22/08/2021125TG50 - Gorleston
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Wingspan: 12-17mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Various trees and shrubs
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 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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