Pea Moth - Cydia nigricana


    Wingspan 12 to 16 mm. The adults are rather nondescript in appearance. The mainly brown wings have two or three short black dashes and other russet and white marks below.

    Identification difficulty

    Around plants of the pea family including Common Vetch where it is plentiful.

    When to see it

    Between May and August, and can be found on the wing in sunshine, as well as at night.

    Life History

    Quite often a pest of cultivated and garden peas and various related Leguminosae, the larvae of this moth feed internally in the pods, eating away the peas themselves.

    UK Status

    Its distribution ranges over much of mainland Britain, more plentifully in the south, and locally in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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