Red-barred Tortrix - Ditula angustiorana


Wingspan 12-18 mm. With an average wingspan of around 15 mm, this is quite a small species, though the females are usually slightly larger and differ slightly in markings and colour.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Adults are on the wing in June and July. The males sometimes fly in sunshine but both sexes fly at night and will come to light.

Life History

The larva is polyphagous on many plants, including Yew and Rhododendron - species that otherwise have few predators. It sometimes does superficial damage to ripening fruits in orchards.

UK Status

It is to be found throughout much of Britain, though less commonly further north. 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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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