Wingspan about 17mm. It is rather similar in appearance to Acleris comariana and Acleris laterana but tends to show a more elongated costal blotch (though this can be obscured in some individuals).
In areas where the larval foodplants are found.
Adult moths are generally on the wing from August till October whereupon they hibernate and reappear the following spring.
The larvae feed on wayfaring-tree and sometimes guelder rose twisting a leaf to form a pocket and feeding within.
This species is found locally in the south of England, mainly on calcareous soils, and in South Wales and southern Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded). These seem to be the first confirmed post-VCH records.
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