The Moths of Suffolk
980 Archips xylosteana, Variegated Golden Tortrix, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of various broad-leaved trees, firs (Abies), brambles (Rubus), Honeysuckle (Lonicera) and St John's worts (Hypericum)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not very frequent in July, unusually on elm. Bentley Woods, and bred in July 1899 from pupae under oak-bark at Wherstead. Shrubland, Ipswich, Staverton, (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 15-21mm, female 16-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultArchips podana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix
Archips crataegana, Brown Oak Tortrix
Ditula angustiorana, Red-barred Tortrix

Compare confusion species

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener