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Cnephasia communana
May Shade (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851)
Tortricidae: Tortricinae
1018 / 49.055

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Wingspan: 18-22mm
Flight: May - July.
Foodplant:   Various herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Two examples of ' a rare form ' (Barrett) of this species were
taken at Copdock about 1900 (Hkg). Thetford in 1932 (Wlut).

Recent Status: Occurs in Breckland and Sandlings of Suffolk but is rare.

Life Style: A single brooded species that comes to light. Flying in early summer. There is no information on the immature stages in the UK.

Identification: This species can only reliably be identified from dissection of the genitalia. It is one of the earlier summer flying species.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/05/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
12/05/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/06/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
21/06/2015+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
09/06/2013125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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