Marbled Orchard Tortrix - Hedya nubiferana


Wingspan 15-21 mm. One of many similar species which mimics a bird-dropping when at rest.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, gardens and orchards.

When to see it

Flying from dusk into the night, between June and August, the adult is easily attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of trees including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

UK Status

This is a common species throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map