The Moths of Suffolk
989 Aphelia paleana, Timothy Tortrix, (Hübner, 1793)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, fens, heathland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of various grasses and herbaceous plants, occasionally on oaks (Quercus), beeches (Fagus) and Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means frequent with us, feeding on low plants. Observed before 1890 at only Lowestoft (Bd), Beccles (Crf), and Tuddenham (Wrn). Gorleston in June 1933 (D).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAphelia viburnana, Bilberry Totrix
Aphelia unitana
Sparganothis pilleriana

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Eye, Suffolk (10.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larval feeding signs - Erwarton, Suffolk (23.v.2009) © A Prichard
Larval feeding signs - Erwarton, Suffolk (23.v.2009) © A Prichard
Larva in spun tubes - Erwarton, Suffolk (23.v.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Swept from grass - Erwarton, Suffolk (23.v.2009) © A Prichard