The Moths of Suffolk
1043 Acleris aspersana, (Hübner, 1817)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland, grassland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of various herbaceous plants, including meadowseets (Filipendula), cinquefoils (Potentilla), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), burnets (Poterium), rock-roses (Helianthemum) and avens (Geum), also on Field Maple (Acer campestre), brambles (Rubus) and willows (Salix)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 16.xi.1993), Stuston Common (M R Hall, 27.ix.1997), Gromford (A Watchman, 4.vii.1997), Landguard Common (N Odin, 1.viii.2000), Brandon (G Austin, 10.vii.2003), Eye (P Kitchener, 24.vii.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless frequent on Potentilla. Two at Newmarket, Suffolk, in 1910 (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221). Fleam Dyke, Cambs, in rnid-July 1933 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 13-16mm, female 11-14mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAcleris rhombana, Rhomboid Tortrix

Compare confusion species
    Adult

Click to view full size image
Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
100 33 33

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
larva larvapupa larvapupaimago imago no datano datano datano data

Further Photographs

Click to view full size image
Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman