Morley’s Final Catalogue: Frequent everywhere in hedges and on palings. Common round Ipswich, at dusk and light in Monks Soham from July to early October (Mly); always on Gorleston palings (D).
Recent Status: Our most abundant Acleris species.
Life Style: Flies in the second half of the year and may hibernate to crop up in spring. The larvae feed from spun leaves on a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs.
Identification: As its name implies the species is very variable. A black and whitish one is common. An all black variation occurs and there are many attractive varieties in shades of brown and cream. The basic colour pattern is of a dark distal half and pale proximal half with a dark blotch centrally in the pale area.
Recorded in 51 (88%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1973.
Last Recorded in 2020.