The Moths of Suffolk
1041 Acleris sparsana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland, parks, gardens, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to November, literature gives from August to April

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of beeches (Fagus), Hornbeam (Carpinus), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Field Maple (Acer campestre)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally not uncommon, but beech is not indigenous here. Bentley Woods, where is no beech, in August 1895; Ipswich, Shrubland, Walberswick (Whit); rarely in Monks Soham garden, where is beech (Mly); Waldringfield in 1902 (Wlr); Leiston (Grey); Flixton near Bungay (Ctw); several beaten in Blythburgh Wood during August to October, Ashby at light, and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultAcleris laterana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (5.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.x.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (29.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman