The Moths of Suffolk
1042 Acleris rhombana, Rhomboid Tortrix, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, fens, grassland and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : On the buds, leaves and flower-heads of hawthorns (Crataegus), cherries and blackthorn (Prunus), apples (Malus), rowans (Sorbus), Pear (Pyrus), roses (Rosa) and occasioanlly other plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Taken in Suffolk (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 169). An interesting, polyphagous species, first seen on 6 August here, but commonest all through September when it flies to Monks Soham light up to 17 October; never seen in the next month, but obviously hibernates as it has been beaten from conifers in Bentley Wood on 3 December, on 16 February, and right up to the very late 6 April in 1898 (Mly). Ipswich and near Thetford (Whit). Mildenhall.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultAcleris aspersana
Acleris shepherdana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © Neil Sherman

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