Brown Oak Tortrix - Archips crataegana


    Wingspan male: about 20mm, female: about 25mm. This is a sexually dimorphic species the females being larger than the males, which have a 'costal fold' in common with a number of related species.

    Identification difficulty

    It frequents mainly wooded habitats.

    When to see it

    Flies from June to August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of deciduous trees, including oak, elm, ash and willow. They feed in a tightly-rolled leaf.

    UK Status

    It is relatively uncommon though has a wide distribution over much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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