Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Grapholita compositella
Triple-stripe Piercer
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Approx Length (c. 6.5mm) Wingspan (10-13 mm.)
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Grapholita jungiella
Vetch Piercer

(Clerck, 1759)1251 / 49.354

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Blythburgh and Bentley woods and Nacton on broom sparingly in May 1932; Aying by day in the utmost profusion over Lathyrus macrorrhizus by the Lark at Barton Mills in mid-May 1934; also at Letheringham and the Devils Dyke by Newmarket in 1930 (Mly); at Ampton and Timworth in 1909 (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221).

Recent Status: An uncommon species in Suffolk currently.

Life Style: A single, sometimes partly double brooded species flying during April, May, June and August. It flies by day and night and comes to light. The larvae feed on seeds and leaves of Lathyrus linifolius and Vicia sepium. They hibernate fully fed in a cocoon on the ground where they pupate.

Identification: The forewing is a dark fuscous at the base on the dorsum becoming bright brown at the apex. There is a pair of white dorsal striae strongly curved towards the ocellus. There are costal strigulae from near the base, that are oblique, becoming less so and white towards the apex. These subtend metallic stria. The metallic stria extend to edge the ocellus that has black dashes. More Info

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1909.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/06/2021+25TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
03/05/2020125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
20/04/2020126TL83 - Worhouse Green
03/05/2014+26TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
22/04/2011+26TL94 - Lavenham/Boxford
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 10-13 mm.
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   bitter vetch and bush vetch.
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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