Lozotaenia forsterana in Malvern
Lozotaenia forsterana is the largest of the Tortricoid moths.
On Wednesday 2nd March 2011 I found a 7mm long larva crawling up the inside of the glass window in our kitchen door. I decided to attempt to rear the larva and tried it with buddleia leaves. One of these was pulled together and from the frass that fell out I knew it was feeding. I continued to clean out the container and change the leaves on a regular basis. By 21st March the larva had grown to 25mm long. On 27th March it had stopped eating and by the 31st the change into a pupa had been completed. From the eating habits I assumed it was a Tortricoid moth larva. On 16th April the moth emerged to reveal a 15mm long Lozotaenia forsterana.
David Grundy identified it for me when I attended a moth day on 3rd July.
Fig. 1. Lozotaenia forsterana larva. ©Frank Screen.
Fig. 2. Lozotaenia forsterana pupal case. ©Frank Screen.
Fig. 3. Lozotaenia forsterana moth. ©Frank Screen