Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Similar Suffolk Species
Cydia ulicetana
Grey Gorse Piercer
Cydia fagiglandana
Large Beech Piercer
Approx Length (c. 8mm) Wingspan (12-16 mm.)
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Cydia splendana
Marbled Piercer

(Hübner, 1799)1260 / 49.341

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Common, feeding in acorns; unnoted in the west. Bentley Woods in July 1902 (Gbs); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); Sotterley in 1936 (Gd), Ipswich, Bealings, Foxhall; Flixton, Beccles, Fritton.

Recent Status: A very common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies at night and comes to light during June, July, August and September. The larvae feed on the seeds of Quercus, Castanea and sometimes Jugulans. They leave the fruit when it falls to spin a cocoon in which to hibernate and then pupate. Larvae that are not fully grown at hibernation will return to the tree and recommence feeding to hibernate and pupate in the subsequent year.

Identification: The moth is a larger Cydia species. It is very variable. Colour varies through shades of white, cream, brown and grey with a darker basal area and terminal quarter. There are numerous darker transverse striae. Melanic variants are common. The clear distinguishing character is a prominent black or dark brown pre-ocellar wedge from the dorsum. The ocellus may have black marks and usually has plumbeous edging. The only confusion species is C. fagiglandana with the more uniform grey variants of C. splendana when the black wedge becomes the deciding character.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/09/2021325TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
15/09/2021425TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/09/2021+25TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
11/09/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
09/09/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 12-16 mm.
Flight: Mainly July and August.
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut.
Nat Status: Common
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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