The Moths of Suffolk
1247 Grapholita funebrana, Plum Fruit Moth, (Treitschke, 1835)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Hedgerows, orchards and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : In the fruits of cherries and blackthorn (Prunus), particularly Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) or Wild Plum (Prunus domestica)

Records : Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott, 2004-5)

Morley's Final Catalogue : The unlocalised Suffolk record of larvae in fruit of Plums (1890, p. 44) is confirmed by Mr. Gibbs' capture of the Perfect insect at Orford during June 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80). Occurred so commonly as to be a pest on Plum and bullace at Waldringfield in 1935 (Wlr); Ipswich and Chattisham (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-15mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGrapholita tenebrosana
Grapholita molesta, Oriental Fruit Moth

Compare confusion species
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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (4.vi.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (7.vi.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vi.2014) © Paul Kitchener