The Moths of Suffolk
993 Clepsis spectrana, Cyclamen Tortrix, (Treitschke, 1830)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, woodland, grassland, heathland, scrub and marsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early September. Literature mentions it being double-brooded; May to August and August to September but this is not obvious from the records

Larval foodplants : On the leaves and flowers of willowherbs (Epilobium), meadowsweets (Filipendula), cinquefoils (Potentilla), Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare), Sea-wormwood (Artemisia maritima), oaks (Quercus), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) and other herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : A marsh species, on Willow herb, rarely seen wild. Occasionally at Ipswich electric lights in 1895-9; in Monks Soham garden and light in July and August (Mly); Beccles (Crf); in all Brandon marshes (Barrett).The form latiorana, Stn., occurred in Aldeburgh salt-marshes on 14 July 1890 (Ctw. EMM. xxvii, 50); and a dark form at Hemley in 1930-4 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 15-22mm, female 17-24mm


Confusion species
    AdultClepsis rurinana

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire ( © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Carlton Marshes, Suffolk (31.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman