The Moths of Suffolk
1020 Cnephasia stephensiana, Grey Tortrix, (Doubleday, 1849)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, gardens, fens and marshes

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

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

Morley's Final Catalogue : As C. chrysanthemana - Quite general with us; sometimes on sugar. Ipswich (Baylis); Felixstowe (Gbs); Waldringfield (Wlr); frequent at Monks Soham light in July (Mly); Southwold (Ctw); Gorleston (D). Brandon on Scots-fir. As C. octomaculana - Known here only in the first brood of late May, when it was captured in Shakers Lane at Bury in 1935 by Mr. Doughty.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultCnephasia gueneanaCnephasia communana
Cnephasia conspersanaCnephasia stephensiana, Grey Tortrix
Cnephasia asseclana, Flax TortrixCnephasia pasiuana
Cnephasia genitalanaCnephasia incertana, Light Grey Tortrix
Eana incanana

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Confirmed by dissection. - 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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Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (10.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener