35.050 Aristotelia ericinella (Zeller, 1839)

Status and Distribution

Locally common on heaths and mosses and in moorland areas of England and Wales, very local in central Ireland and rare in Scotland. Not recorded from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

National Status: 

Local

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

752
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Patrick Clement
Location: Kinver Edge, Staffordshire

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Imago

    Aristotelia ericinella (Photo: P Clement)  Aristotelia ericinella (Photo: T & D Pendleton)  Aristotelia ericinella, Devils Spittleful (Photo: O Wadsworth)  Aristotelia ericinella (Photo: G & D Atherton)  Aristotelia ericenella (Photo: B Smart)  Aristotelia ericinella, Devils Spittleful (Photo: O Wadsworth)

    Larva

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Calluna vulgaris (heather) - see plant distribution map.  In Europe also utilises Erica herbacea and Empetrum nigrum (crowberry).

    In a slender silk tube amongst the twigs of heather from which it is easily dislodged.  Following this it will make a new silk tube leading to the potential presence of many empty tubes.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Aristotelia ericinella habitat Cors Fochno, Ceredigion, 2016 (Photo: S Palmer)

    Heathland and lowland mosses (raised bogs), in the drier areas where good stands of heather occur.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: feeds in silken tubes amongst the upper twigs of heather.

    Adult: can be readily swept from amongst the foodplant where it is easily disturbed, flying in the afternoon and evening.  It occasionally comes to light.

    Similar Species

    A distinctive, strongly marked species which will not be confused with other species occuring amongst heather

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single-brooded from late June to early September.

    Earliest: 24th June 1992 (VC58) and 24th June 2011 (VC62).

    Latest: 15th September 2006 (VC37 and VC40).