The Moths of Suffolk
1055 Acleris hyemana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce in Sandlings, probably under-recorded

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; November to April. Literature gives September to April.

Larval foodplants : On the flowers and leaves of heather (Calluna and Erica), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), and in Scotland also on Shore Pine (Pinus contorta) and Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Records : Martlesham Heath (S Goddard, 9.ii.2002, 2003), Tunstall Common (A Prichard, 28.xii.2002), Purdis Heath (A Prichard & N Sherman, 25.i.2003), Ipswich (N Sherman, 26.iii.2003), Minsmere (J Higgott, 17.iv.2003; R Harvey, 15.xi.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare and taken before 1890 singly only, in both east and west, doubtless among ling on heaths. Leiston (Lord Walsingham); Tuddenham on the Breck (Wrn). Rediscovered in Blythbro Wood on 26 March 1936 by Mr. Goddard.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultArgyrotaenia ljungiana

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Found by day flying over Heather. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2006) © Neil Sherman

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Further Photographs

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Tunstall common, Suffolk (24.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Swept from Heather - Blar Mor, Inverness-shire (9.v.2014) © Neil Sherman