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49.044 ~ 1025 ~ Tortricodes alternella ~ Winter Shade
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.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 5th Mar 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 5th Mar 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 20th Mar 2012, Commins Coch