Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Approx Length (c. 5mm) Wingspan (9-10 mm.)
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Grapholita compositella
Triple-stripe Piercer

(Fabricius, 1775)1241 / 49.347

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Abundant during May to August; in pods of Trifolium. Tattingstone, Bentley Woods, common round Ipswich, on Heracleum flowers by day in Monks Soham paddock, Southwold; Tuddenham, Brandon.

Recent Status: Rare in Suffolk in the Sandlings area.

Life Style: A double brooded day flying species that may occasionally come to light. The larvae feed on flowers, shoots, seeds and stems of Trifolium species, Genista tinctoria, Serratula tinctoria and Lotus corniculatus. The second brood larvae hibernate fully fed. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.

Identification: An instantly recognised species with dark fuscous or grey forewings and a group of four parallel white stria on the dorsum. There are four pairs of white strigulae on the costa which subtend short metallic violet stria. The violet metallic is also present in the ocellus. The hindwings of the male are white bordered fuscous, of the female fuscous.

Recorded in 14 (24%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2002.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/06/2021226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
10/05/2021126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
03/05/2021126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
29/07/2020125TM37 - Halesworth
05/07/2020125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 9-10 mm.
Flight: May - June and again in Aug.
Foodplant:   Clover.
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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