The Moths of Suffolk
1120 Ancylis mitterbacheriana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised mainly to Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Woodland and heathland with scrub

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

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of oaks (Quercus) and beeches (Fagus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Infrequent during May in the Bentley Woods: from 1895 (Baylis) to 1934 (Trans. ii, p. clxvii). Bred thence in 1935; Thetford in 1933 : not uncommon (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAncylis comptana
Ancylis obtusana
Epinotia tenerana, Nut Bud Moth

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Leaves spun together into 'pod' by larva - Cavenham Heath, Suffolk (21.viii.2005) © A Prichard
Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (26.v.2006) © Stuart Read
Feeding sign, oak leaf spun into pod - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Opened spinning of larva in oak leaf - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard
Larva in opened spinning of oak leaf - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.v.2011) © Neil Sherman