The Moths of Suffolk
1082 Hedya pruniana, Plum Tortrix, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Hedgerows, scrub, woodland, gardens and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to July

Larval foodplants : On the shoots and leaves of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Wild Plum (Prunus domestica), Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), and less often on apples (Malus), pears (Pyrus), hawthorns (Crataegus) or Hazel (Corylus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Commoner than the last (referring to H. ochroleucana), among various kinds of plum, from Ipswich to Lowestoft and Gorleston; at Monks Soham light.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-18mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultHedya nubiferana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix
Hedya ochroleucana
Metendothenia atropunctana

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Eye, Suffolk (2.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford Warren, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
larva and spinning in blackthorn shoot - Bradfield Woods, Suffolk (5.v.2012) © A Prichard
 
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leaf cone containing pupa - Bradfield Woods, Suffolk (5.v.2012) © A Prichard