Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Netted at dusk flying over saltmarsh. Hemley. July 2020

Similar Suffolk Species
Zelotherses paleana
Timothy Tortrix
Approx Length (c. 11mm) Wingspan (15-22mm)
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Aphelia viburnana
Bilberry Tortrix

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)988 / 49.033

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Much scarcer than in southern England. Hemley during 1902 (Wir), common in salt-marshes there during August 1932 (Mly); abundant in Aldeburgh salt-marshes and Southwold (Ctw, EMM. xxvii, 50); Gorleston (D). Wordwell in May 1929 (Mly).

Recent Status: Infrequent in Suffolk

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in late summer both by day and night. The larvae feed from spun leaves on a great range of herbaceous and woody plants. The larvae hibernate and pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation.

Identification: The male of this species does not have a costal fold. It is a fairly large tortricid moth the female has a pointed wing apex. The wing colour may be greyish brown, yellowish brown or reddish brown. More Info It can be devoid of markings and similar to Zelotherses paleana but lacking the darkening towards the wing base of that species. It can show darker fine reticulation. It can show a darker transverse band from the costa at one half that may not reach the dorsum and have the apical quarter darker too. Some forms can be confused with Clepsis spectrana which can also have unmarked forewings but that species has a costal fold in the male. It can be separated from confusion species by a genitalia dissection. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1902.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/2020225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
19/08/2007125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
02/08/2006+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
01/08/2006125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
12/07/2006+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Wingspan: 15-22mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Various plants
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 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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