The Moths of Suffolk
988 Aphelia viburnana, Bilberry Totrix, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, mainly in coastal areas

Habitats : Saltmarsh, vegetated shingle and moorland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to September

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of a wide variety of herbaceous plants and shrubs

Records : Havergate Island (SMG gen. det. J Clifton, 1.vii.2005), Orfordness (SMG, 12.viii.2005), Bawdsey (SMG, 17.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much scarcer than in southern England. Hemley during 1902 (Wlr), common in salt-marshes there during August 1932 (Mly); abundant in Aldeburgh salt-marshes and Southwold (Ctw, EMM. xxvii, 50); Gorleston (D). Wordwell in May 1929 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultChoristoneura lafauryana
Aphelia paleana, Timothy Tortrix
Aphelia unitana
Sparganothis pilleriana

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At MV light - Havergate Island, Suffolk (1.vii.2005) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Orfordness, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman