Apple Pith Moth - Blastodacna atra

    Description

    Wingspan 11 to 13 mm. Ground colour of this species seems to vary from pale brown to much darker almost black specimens.

    Habitat

    Occurring in orchards and gardens.

    When to see it

    The adult moths occur between May and September, and are sometimes attracted to garden light-traps.

    Life History

    The larvae feed inside small twigs of apple, mining under the surface and causing the shoot to die off.

    UK Status

    Widely but thinly distributed in England, it is even more local in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    39.002 BF906

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map