Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tortrix questions and a carpet

Having just finished sorting through the photos from Tuesday night's catch I would appreciate some advice with the following.
I wondered about the Rose Tortrix  Archips rosana ?

Another one with little in the way of markings although there is more of a band visible in the photo than on the actual specimen! The best I could suggest is Pandemis corylana. I had just finished pruning my nearby hazel and caught 4 others with the distinctive chequered pattern. Maybe I disturbed them?

Maybe Cydia splendana but too many of these look similar to the untrained eye.

Finally is this a Red Twin-spot Carpet? I know I should have looked at the underside before the robin ate it.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.


  1. Hi Andy, the second is definitely Pandemis corylana. I've had one or two aberrant examples like this in the past (for example, see:

    Your Carpet will undoubtedly have been Red Twin-spot because Dark-barred Twin-spot seems to have all but disappeared from our area since the millennium.

  2. I think the top one may be a beaten-up Clepsis consimilana, Andy.

  3. Thank you both. I hadn't realised that the Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet was another disappearing species.


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