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Grapholita janthinana
Pale-bordered Piercer
Approx Length (c. 6.5mm) Wingspan (10-13mm)
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Pammene gallicana
Purple-shaded Piercer

(Guenée, 1845)1271 / 49.380

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Abundant in the seeds of carrot, and probably angelica. Hadleigh in 1934 (Whit.); Felixstow in July 1902-3 (Gbs); Claydon bridge on angelica-flower in August 1899, and rarely at Monks Soham light in July 1912 Mly); Lowestoft (Bd). Tuddenham Fen in August 1928 (Mly)

Recent Status: No records since Morley. A rare species in Britain.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day and occasionally comes to light. They can be found during July and August on or about the foodplant. The larvae feed from loosely spun groups of seeds of Apiaceae, primarily Daucus, Angelica and Heracleum. They hibernate in a cocoon on the ground where they pupate.

Identification: The moth is similar to Grapholita janthinana. P. gallicana is slightly larger. The head colour of P. gallicana is overall a shade of brown in G. janthinana the face is white against a dark vertex. For P. gallicana the entire wing is faciate a shade of brown and metallic violet grey. The wing as a whole has a violet sheen and may have a black basal line. P. gallicana can show ochre at the termen and pale costal strigulae. More Info

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1899.
Last Recorded in 1934.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1934+26TM04 - Hadleigh
August 1928+26TL77 - Mildenhall
July 1912+25TM26 - Framlingham/Dennington
01/01/1902 to 31/12/1903+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
August 1899+25TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
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Wingspan: 10-13mm
Flight: July - Aug.
Foodplant:   Wild Carrot, Wild Angelica, Hogweed, other umbellifers
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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