Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. 19 May 2019

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Approx Length (c. 9.5mm) Wingspan (12-19 mm.)
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Aethes smeathmanniana
Yarrow Conch

(Fabricius, 1781)947 / 49.120

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Ipswich during June 1895 (C. A. Pyett).

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: The species is double brooded with an occasional third brood appearing in autumn. Abundance peaking April/May and June/July. Flies by day and night. The larvae feed from a spinning on the flowers and seed heads of Achillea millifolium, Centaurea and Anthemis arvensis.

Identification: The moth has pale yellow/ochre forewings with a variable darker suffusion. It has two oblique brown cross bands that are incomplete. Both being interrupted well before the costa and having indistinct costal spots to match. The second may be interrupted or fade before mid-wing and may reappear mid-wing. The species cannot be confused with any other Suffolk species.

Recorded in 38 (66%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/09/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
07/09/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
06/09/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
06/09/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
02/09/2021225TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-19 mm.
Flight: May through to August
Foodplant:   Yarrow and Knapweeds.
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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