Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana

49.024 BF969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana (Fabricius, 1794)

Wingspan 18-21 mm. Forewing length 9-12mm. This Tortrix has a distinctive reddish-brown netted pattern.

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana

The adult flies July and August, and is found in wooded areas, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread, but more local in Scotland. The larva feeds on various deciduous trees.

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana

49.062 BF1036 Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 12-17mm. Forewing length 6-8mm. The forewing has a reddish-brown netted pattern over a sandy ground colour, and a dark greyish-brown cross-line which may be variable in intensity.

The adult flies July and August, flies at dusk and is attracted to light. It is seen in mixed woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread, but local in Scotland. The larva feeds on Field Maple and Sycamore.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana

49.077 BF1048 Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 14-18 mm. Forewing length 6-9mm. An extremely variable species in patterning and colouration. A melanic form also occurs. Like other similar species of Tortrix, it mimics bird-droppings to evade predation.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana

The adult flies June to October, and is found in woodland, hedgerows, orchards and gardens. It often comes to light or sugar, and can easily be disturbed from vegetation during the day. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana

The larva feeds on the leaves of a variety of trees and shrubs, including roses, brambles, hawthorns, cherries and apples. It is usually seen May to early July.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana

© Pete Hillman August and September 2017

Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana

Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 49.051 BF1021

Wingspan 15-18 mm. Forewing length 7-10mm. A somewhat muted coloured, variegated or mottled moth. This is quite a variable species and it can be very similar to other Cnephasia species, and hence the image above is only representative of the species. Genitalia dissection is usually required for confirmation.

The adult flies June to August and is attracted to light. It is found in open woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on various herbaceous plants.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

I often come across this Tortrix moth on spring or summer evenings as it flitters about my garden, particularly around my small Crab Apple tree. It is a very variable species, ranging from quite plain to dark patterned. Forewing length 7 to 12mm.

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

The adult flies May to October in two generations, and seen in all places. This Naturalised Australian moth was first recorded in Cornwall in the 1930s. Abundant and expanding its range north. The larvae are polyphagus, where they will eat any vegetation, and may be a serious pest in fruit orchards.

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

© Pete Hillman May 2014 and June 2017.

Privet Twist Clepsis consimilana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Clepsis consimilana

The female of this species above is fairly plain compared to the males which are yellowish and have more markings. Note the black markings on the forewing is diagnostic of the species. Forewing length 7 to 8mm.

Clepsis consimilana

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

Clepsis consimilana

© Pete Hillman June 2017.

Large Ivy Twist Lozotaenia forsterana

Tortricidae » Tortricinae

Lozotaenia forsterana

This is one of our bigger Tortricidae with a forewing length of 10 to 14mm, and a wingspan of 20 to 29mm. The females are often larger than the males.

The adult flies May to August, and can be seen in various habitats including parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on different trees and shrubs.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.