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


Confusion species
    AdultAcleris rhombana, Rhomboid Tortrix

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman