Fruitlet Mining Tortrix - Pammene rhediella

Description

Wingspan 11 mm. Predominantly a mix of chestnut and darker browns.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Around areas containing Hawthorn or fruit trees.

When to see it

The adult moths fly from late April until June, especially in warm sunshine, around the tops of its host trees.

Life History

The larvae feed in the spun flowers and fruit of Hawthorn or occasionally fruit such as Apple or Pear.

UK Status

This rather small species is commonest in central and southern England, becoming gradually scarcer further north into Scotland; also in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

Reference
49.371 BF1239

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