Recent Status: This species was probably a rare immigrant to Kent until around 1990 when it began to be found more widely on the south coast. It has since spread across the country. The first Suffolk record was in 2018, with more found in 2019.
Life Style: It is a single brooded species flying May, June and July and coming to light. The larvae feed inside the fruit of Malus and Prunus species. They hibernate in a cocoon away from the larval habitation in which they pupate.
Identification: The moth has similarities to G. janthinana but is larger and more mottled lacking discrete fascia and with clearer pale costal strigulae. There are chocolate brown blotches on the wing that are consistent. It does not have an overall sheen. The larvae mine the flesh of the fruit mainly a short distance beneath the skin and will leave two surface holes close together on the fruit surface.
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2018. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats