Another variable species, which is difficult to separate from A. comariana. A rough guideline is the flight period, which is said to be August to September in the present species and June/July and October/November in comariana. However, these do overlap and genitalia dissection is usually required to be certain.
Various habitats where the food plants are found.
August to September.
The larva, which can be clearly distinguished from A. comariana in later instars, feeds in May and June on Rosaceous trees and shrubs, Hawthorn, Willows etc.
The species is generally common and widespread throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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