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Acleris comariana
Strawberry Tortrix (Lienig & Zeller, 1846)
Tortricidae: Tortricinae
1039 / 49.065
Photo © Brian Jones,  5/8/2012 Aldeby VC27, (gen/det by Jon Clifton)

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Acleris laterana
Wingspan: 13-18mm
Flight: June-July and Aug-Nov.
Foodplant:   Wild and Cultivated Strawberry, Marsh Cinquefoil, Water Avens
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Highly variable species, having several known forms.
Local throughout much of the British Isles. A known pest on cultivated strawberry, with serious infestations once reported from the Wisbech and King's Lynn areas of Norfolk. Also recorded on Wet heathland, fens and marshes.

Certain forms of this species closely resemble forms of A. laterana, from which only reliably separated by dissection of the genitalia.

Unlike A. laterana, A. comariana is almost invariably smaller in size, and flies earlier, from June to July.
However, A second brood, flying in late August to October, overlaps with the similar A. laterana, and a gen. det. would be required.

Please retain any possible specimens and contact Jon Clifton.

Undetermined specimens please record as the aggregate species:
1038x Acleris laterana/comariana.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 27 (39%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2018.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/06/2017128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
17/06/2017127TG50 - Yarmouth
16/06/2017128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
14/07/2015127TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
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