Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Grapholita janthinana
Pale-bordered Piercer
Approx Length (c. 7mm) Wingspan (13-14mm)
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Grapholita lobarzewskii
Kent Fruit Piercer

(Nowicki, 1860)1249 / 49.356
=Cydia prunivorana

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

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 subsequent years. The use of pheromone lures has produced a number of records in recent years.

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.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2018.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. 16 June 2019 - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/2021125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
31/07/2021 to 02/08/2021625TM03 - East Bergholt
18/07/2021125TM04 - Hadleigh
10/07/2021125TM04 - Hadleigh
16/06/2021125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 13-14mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Apple, Cherry and Plum (fruits)
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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