The Moths of Suffolk
979 Archips crataegana, Brown Oak Tortrix, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland and orchards

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to July

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of oaks (Quercus), elms (Ulmus), Ash (Fraxinus), limes (Tilia), willows (Salix) and other trees and shrubs

Records : Rede Wood (A Watchman, 21.vii.1989), Thornham (M R Hall & M Brooks, 3.vii.1997), Wolves Wood (SMG,; A Prichard,, larva), Groton Wood (A Prichard, 15.v.1999, larva), Fakenham (SMG, 6.vii.2002), Beccles (N Muddeman, 2003), Ickworth (A Prichard,, Trundley Woods (L Gregory & P Bryant,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a local insect here, noticed at only Wherstead in July 1899 (Mly) and in Bentley Woods during July 1901-2 (Gibbs).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 19-22mm, female 23-27mm


Confusion species
    AdultArchips podana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix
Archips xylosteana, Variegated Golden Tortrix

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Ickworth Park, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman