The Moths of Suffolk
1159 Rhopobota naevana, Holly Tortrix, (Hübner, 1817)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : A variety of habitats where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to September

Larval foodplants : On the leaves and flowers of a wide variety of trees and shrubs, but particularly Holly (Ilex) and Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not rare among holly, but far scarcer than in southern England. Ipswich in 1898 (Pyett) and 1928-35 (Whit); Aldeburgh (Ctw); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Lowestoft, Flixton.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRhopobota ustomaculana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (6.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (30.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (6.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
Larval spinning on Holly - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vi.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Larva on Holly - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman