Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Photo © Tony Fox,  08/06/2020, Princes Wood - Holbrook

Approx Length (c. 9mm) Wingspan (12-18 mm.)
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Aethes tesserana
Downland Conch

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)939 / 49.121

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite a common species on all our coast-denes throughout June Felixstow in July 1902-3 (Gbs); Dunwich and Southwold (Uw); Lowestoft (Bd), up to Yarmouth denes in 1933 (Mlv) Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Status: Found in the Sandlings and Breckland.

Life Style: Single brooded. Flies by day and also comes to light during summer. The larvae feed on the root-stock of the Compositae Picris hieracioides, Helminthotheca echioides, Hieracium spp., Crepis spp. or Inula conyzae.

Identification: The forewing has a chequered pattern of alternate pale and dark squarish marks on the costa and dorsum. They can be clearly defined or diffuse and vary in shades of yellow/ochre and orange/brown. More Info

Recorded in 16 (28%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1902.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/07/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
05/06/2021126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
05/08/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
04/07/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
27/06/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-18 mm.
Flight: May - August.
Foodplant:   Oxtongue and Hawkweed.
Nat Status: Local
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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