The Moths of Suffolk
1163 Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana, Spruce Bud Moth, (Ratzeburgh, 1840)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Coniferous woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : In the shoots of Norway Spruce (Picea abies) , Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), Morinda Spruce (Picea smithiana), less often on Grecian Fir (Abies cephalonica), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) or Stone Pine (Pinus pinea)

Records : Thorpeness (G C Pelham-Clinton & R M Mere, vii.1965), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 9.viii.1993), Ipswich (J Higgott & J Langmaid, 2001; A Prichard,, Great Cornard (S Read, 22.vii.2001), Long Melford (D Underwood, 3.viii.2001), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 14.v.2004), Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott,,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Certainly quite uncommon among Scots-firs. Shrubland during 1931-2 (Whit); Orford in July 1902 (Gbs). Tuddenham in July 1896 (Waters); Brandon (Wrn).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15mm


Confusion species
    AdultZeiraphera rufimitrana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Woolpit, Suffolk (13.vii.2015) © Paul Bryant