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Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Worcester VC37. 23/02/2012

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Acleris hastiana
Sallow Button
Approx Length (c. 11mm) Wingspan (18-22 mm)
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Acleris cristana
Tufted Button

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1054 / 49.076

Fairly common resident amongst blackthorn in old uncut hedgerows and scrub.

Prunus spinosa, Crataegus spp. with larva feeding in buds and then spun leaves, from April to July. Can be disturbed from blackthorn thickets and other dense cover in autumn and winter, and comes to light, especially in the spring.

Extremely variable with a great many recognised forms, however, normally easily identified by the distinctive vertical scale tufts on the forewings, although by late spring these may become worn down to little more than bumps.

Recorded in 50 (36%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 18-22 mm
Flight: August - May
Foodplant:   Blackthorn and Hawthorn
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
21/11/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
09/11/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
13/10/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO53
28/09/20202VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
28/09/20201VC40 - ShropshireSO79
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