Phtheochroa sodaliana
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Adult • © Allan Drewitt

49.094 BF923

Phtheochroa sodaliana

(Haworth, 1811)

Wingspan c. 15 mm.

A fairly distinctive Tortrix species with its white ground colour and red-brown apical spot combined with blackish and metallic grey markings, this species occurs on calcareous soils mainly in the southern counties of England.

The adult moths can be found on the wing in June and July, and flies from just before dusk.

The larvae feed on the berries of buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus), spinning berries together where a single purple berry amongst the green ones is a good sign that a larva is present.
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