Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Argyrotaenia ljungiana
Heather Tortrix

(Thunberg, 1797)974 / 49.020

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Extremely local on heaths with us. Found to be common at Tuddenham in July (Wrn).

Recent Status: Can be common around heathland in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that flies by day and night and comes to light. It can be found from April to August. The ova are laid in batches. The larvae initially feed gregariously then feed from a spun leaf or shoot on Erica, Calluna and coniferous trees. They pupate in the larval habitation of on the ground.

Identification: A robust tortricid moth with a normally sharply defined dark pattern on a light silvery pale wing with darker striae. Occasionally may be less distinctly marked with the two colours merging. The darker pattern varies in colour from black through red brown to light orange brown.

Recorded in 26 (45%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1986.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2021126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
13/08/2021126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
09/08/2021226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
06/08/2021226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
20/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-16 mm.
Flight: April and May, then again in late June.
Foodplant:   Bog myrtle, Heather, as well as various trees.
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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