The Moths of Suffolk
1046 Acleris shepherdana, (Stephens, 1852)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Fens and marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to mid-August. Literature gives August to September

Larval foodplants : On the shoots and leaves of Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

Records : Thelnetham Fens (A Aston, 25.viii.1959; SMG, 6.viii.1999; 28.vii.2000), Market Weston Fen (SMG, 25.vii.1998), Ipswich (N Sherman, 8.viii.2004), Minsmere (R Harvey, 13.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Hardly known in Britain outside EAnglia; feeding on common meadowsweet in marshes. it was found to be 'very abundant on both sides of the River Little Ouse below Thetford' by the Revd. H. Williams of Croxton in Norfolk, about 1890. Not noted later.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultAcleris rhombana, Rhomboid Tortrix

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Oulton marshes, Suffolk (9.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larva larvapupa pupa imago imago no datano datano data

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener