Garden Rose Tortrix - Acleris variegana


Wingspan 14-18 mm. An extremely variable species.

Identification difficulty

Gardens and woodland.

When to see it

Flying from July to September, it is mainly nocturnal and is attracted by bright lights.

Life History

The larvae feed on Rose bushes, as the name suggests but also on a range of other trees and shrubs.

UK Status

Occurs commonly throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

UK Map