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1025 ~ Tortricodes alternella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread throughout the British Isles as far north as Easter Ross.

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species which has been recorded from relatively few sites in the county, mainly because of it's early flight time in the year.

Wingspan :   M & F, 19-23mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


All woodland, but especially oak.


Various trees and shrubs.

Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva forms a spinning amongst the leaves of leaf edge and feeds within. Pupates in a tough cocoon of earth and silk, in debris on the ground.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 5th Mar 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 5th Mar 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 20th Mar 2012, Commins Coch