The Moths of Suffolk
1139 Epinotia tenerana, Nut Bud Moth, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Most places where alder and hazel grow

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August. Literature gives July to early October

Larval foodplants : In the catkins and buds of Hazel (Corylus) or Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Woodbridge (R Kendrick, 1994), Thornham (M R Hall & M Brooks, 8.x.1997), Newbourne Springs (SMG, 28.viii.1999), Elveden (H Beaumont, 13.viii.2002), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 11-12.vii.2005), Ipswich (N Sherman, 18.ix.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent, feeding on hazel and alder. Beaten from poplar in Bentley Woods in May and June; common round Ipswich; on Monks Soham windows; Glemham Magna, Aldeburgh (Ctw), Leiston, beaten from birch in Blythburgh Wood in August and in Wangford Wood in September, Lowestoft, at light beside Fritton Lake, on Gorleston palings. Mildenhall heath in May; near Thetford.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultAncylis mitterbacheriana

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Found at night by torchlight on blackberries. - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larva larva larva larva larva pupaimago imago imago ovaimago ovalarvaimago larva larva

Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (14.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (23.ix.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman