The Moths of Suffolk
1255 Cydia ulicetana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Abundant in the Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June, with occasional later records into September

Larval foodplants : In the seed pods of gorses (Ulex), greenweeds (Genista), Broom (Cytisus scoparius) or bird's-foot trefoils (Lotus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Conspicuous everywhere flying in clouds round gorse-bushes, in the pods of which the larvae feed. On sugar at Fritton on 29 September 1932; never flies to light.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCydia splendana

Compare confusion species
    Adult

Click to view full size image
Found by day flying around Gorse - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
0 100 30 1 4 2

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapausepupa imago ovalarvapupaimago pupaimago imago ovalarvaimago larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (6.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (6.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Dunwich, Suffolk (2.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
Click to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener