Codling Moth - Cydia pomonella


Wingspan 14-22 mm. A fairly distinctive greyish 'Tortrix' with a darker, often coppery-brown, roundish patch towards the rear of the wing.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, orchards and hedgerows.

When to see it

The adults occur mainly in July and August and sometimes with a second generation in September and October.

Life History

The caterpillars feed inside the fruits of Apple, Quince, Pear and other wild and cultivated fruit.

UK Status

It is fairly common throughout much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

49.338 BF1261

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map