Superficially similar to a number of other tortricid moths, resembling a bird-dropping. The moth has been found on the trunks of apple trees and also occasionally comes to light.
Flies in July and August.
- Small Sized
- Wing Span Range (male to female) - 16-18mm
- UK BAP: Priority Species
- Nationally scarce
The larva overwinters in a small mine in a leaf of Mistletoe, which by late spring when the larva is full fed has become a pale inflated blister mine. The larva leaves the mine and pupates in a cocoon under bark or amongst lichens on the host tree.
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Mistletoe (Viscum album)
- Countries – England, Wales
- Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Monmouthshire.
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Suspected stable
Orchards, gardens, hedgerows on grazing levels. The moth is most frequently associated with Mistletoe on apple (Malus spp.) and to a lesser extent on hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), but has also been found on Mistletoe on other trees.
Mistletoe Marble Priority Species Factsheet
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Mistletoe Marble - oldbilluk
Mistletoe Marble (caterpillar) - Patrick Clement
Mistletoe Marble (caterpillar)
Mistletoe Marble (monitoring) - Patrick Clement
Mistletoe Marble (monitoring)