Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana

49.341 BF1260 Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana (Hübner, [1799])

Wingspan 12-16 mm. Forewing length 7-10mm. This species has a dark and light form with distinctive dark markings and marbling.

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana

The adult flies July and August, and is found in deciduous woodland, hedgerows and gardens. It will come to light. Locally common throughout. The larva feeds in the acorns or nuts of oaks, Sweet Chestnut and Walnut.

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Barred Marble Celypha striana

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Barred Marble Celypha striana

49.161 BF1063 Barred Marble Celypha striana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 16-22 mm. Forewing length 7 to 10mm. A brownish moth with a distinct dark brown cross-band.

Barred Marble Celypha striana

The adult flies June to August, and it inhabits grassland. A common and widespread species in southern Britain, becoming less so further north. The larva feeds on the roots of Dandelion.

Barred Marble Celypha striana

© Pete Hillman June 2015 and July 2017.

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

This can be quite variable in colour and patternation, as can be seen in the images shown, but the darker area on the forewings towards the head and the dark triangular blotch seen towards the end of the moth when at rest can help in identification of the species. Forewing length 5.5 to 7.5mm.

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

The adult flies May to September, and can be seen in various habitats including woodland, parkland and gardens. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs.

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Gypsonoma dealbana

This is what is a known as a ‘bird-dropping’ moth for it mimics a bird-dropping as a means of camouflage. Quite a variable species in overall colour and markings, and can be confused with Gypsonoma sociana. Forewing length 5 to 7mm.

Gypsonoma dealbana

The adult flies July to August, and can be seen in open woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Codling Moth Cydia pomonella

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Codling Moth Cydia pomonella

This small moth has quite some fine detail over all and a lovely coppery finish to the bottom end of the forewings. Forewing length 6.5mm to 10.5mm (0.3in to 0.4in).

Codling Moth Cydia pomonella

The adult flies May to October, and is seen in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on the inside of various fruits such as apple and pear, and can be considered a pest.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.

White-foot Bell Epiblema foenella

Tortricidae » Olethreutinae

Epiblema foenella

This moth looks like somebody has painted a white horseshoe shape on  its forewings. This distinctive dorsal mark can vary in form and colour. It has a forewing length of 8 to 12mm.

The adult flies June to September, and is found in various habitats including woodland and on waste ground. Most common in the south and west of Britain. The larva feeds on the roots and lower stem of Mugwort.

© Pete Hillman July 2015.