Morley’s Final Catalogue: Doubtless abundant in haw-berries. E. Bergholt, Hadleigh, Ipswich and Bentley, 1932-5 (Whit.); beaten in Bentley Woods from poplar and in Letheringham Park during May 1933-4 (Mlv); Felixstow by Gibbs (EMM. 1904, 80); Brandon (Barrett).
Recent Status: A fairly common species in Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day and night and comes to light during July, August and September. The larvae feed on Hawthorn berries often spinning several together. They hibernate in a cocoon that they pupate in.
Identification: A small dark Grapholita that is a complex mix of colours. The whole forewing has a metallic sheen, usually purple. There are angled fasciae across the entire wing that are, black, brown, grey and metallic coloured. There are large black dashes in the ocellus. There may be very short white costal strigulae near the apex and the terminal part of the wing may be a brighter brown. More Info
Recorded in 31 (53%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1932. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats