Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Cydia ulicetana
Grey Gorse Piercer

(Haworth, 1811)1255 / 49.325
=Cydia succedana

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Conspicuous everywhere Aying in clouds round gorse-bushes, in the pods of which the larvae feed. On sugar at Fritton on 29 September 1932; never flies to light.

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that flies actively in sunshine and despite Morley’s comments will come to light. It flies from April till September. The larvae feed on unripe seeds of Ulex, Cystisus, Genista and Lotus. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground. The second generation larvae will hibernate in the cocoon prior to pupation.

Identification: A variable species. The wing colour varies from dark brown to white variably mottled grey. There is ochre shading towards the termen and apex. There are five or more pairs of white strigulae on the costa that within each pair has an oblique plumbeous stria, all of these converge to a point on the termen below the apex. The ocellus which has black marks is plumbeous edged. The characterising feature is an irregular dark pre-ocellar mark that is brown marked grey and black.

Recorded in 30 (52%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/05/2021425TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
11/05/20213025TM44 - Orford Ness
19/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
08/09/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
08/09/2020225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-16mm
Flight: Two Generations. April-June. July-Sept.
(May-July in the north)
Foodplant:   Gorse, Broom, Greenweeds, Bird's-foot Trefoil
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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