The Moths of Suffolk
1085 Metendothenia atropunctana, (Zetterstedt, 1839)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce in Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to early June and late July to early September

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of Bog-myrtle (Myrica), willows (Salix) or birches (Betula) and occasionally on other trees

Records : Dunwich (SMG, 26.v.2001), Walberswick (SMG, 3.viii.2001), Tunstall (SMG, 18.viii.2001 & 6.viii.2005; D Young, 2001), Sizewell (SMG, 10.v.2002), Minsmere (J Higgott, 3.v.2003; R Harvey & J Higgott, 13.viii.2005), Tangham Forest (SMG, 4.v.2003, 25.vii.2003, 23.viii.2003, 29.v.2004 & 28.viii.2005), Snape Warren (SMG, & 3.ix.2005)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultHedya pruniana, Plum Tortrix
Hedya nubiferana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix
Hedya ochroleucana

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Tunstall, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
100 12 12 75 12

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa imago imago ova larva larva larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Dunwich forest, Suffolk (31.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich Forest, Suffolk (28.v.2010) © A Prichard
Dunwich, Suffolk (24.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener