Wingspan 13 to19 mm. A fairly broad-winged Tortrix moth. The females are less well-marked than the males, which have paler markings on the base of the forewing, and a buff-coloured head.
Woodland and well wooded areas.
The main flight period is during May and June when the moths can be seen flying at dusk.
The larvae feed on a range of woodland plants, including Alder, Rowan and Bilberry.
Fairly common throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
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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