Tortricidae : Tortricinae
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Approx Length (c. 9.5mm) Wingspan (13-19mm)
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Capua vulgana
Common Tortrix

(Frölich, 1828)1007 / 49.009

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Doubtless frequent on hornbeam, but very rarely observed. Copdock (Hkg); Bentley (Pyett); Southwold (Ctw), all since 1890. Monk-park and Belstead Woods in May (Mly).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day and night and comes to light. The larvae feed on the leaves of various plants but particularly Carpinus, Alnus and Sorbus. They may pupate or hibernate and pupate in spring.

Identification: The moth is sexually dimorphic. It is a narrow shouldered species. The male has a costal fold to one half and is pale across the thorax. The wing base is pale and along the costa to around one third. The wings are otherwise a dirty light brown with dark spots. There is a dark band behind the pale mark in the male or across the base in the female and also a broad band from the costa at one half not reaching the dorsum plus a patch on the costa just short of the apex. The intensity and extent of the markings varies. More Info

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/06/2021+25TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
26/04/2019125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
26/07/2016+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/08/1963+25TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
01/01/1890 to 31/12/1937+25TM57 - Southwold
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Wingspan: 13-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Alder, Hornbeam, rowans, bilberries and other plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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