Tortricodes alternella
Tortricodes alternella
Larva • On Quercus. Late May.Cheshire. Imago reared. • © Ian Smith

49.044 BF1025

Tortricodes alternella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 19-23 mm.

One of the earliest of the Tortricids to be on the wing, this species can be found between February and April, in woodland habitats throughout England, Wales and southern Scotland. It is local in Ireland.

The foodplants are a range of trees and bushes, chiefly oak (Quercus) and hornbeam (Carpinus), but often also other species. The larva spins together leaves to feed within.

The species has an unusually narrow wingshape for a Tortrix.
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