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Scientific Name: Epiphyas postvittana
Common Name: Light Brown Apple Moth
Epiphyas postvittana, more commonly known as the Light Brown Apple Moth, is a leafroller moth belonging to the lepidopteran family Tortricidae. This originally Australian species was probably accidentally introduced into Cornwall in the 1930's and since then has spread quickly northwards, and is now regular in many parts, and very common in some areas.
Shows a marked preference for urban gardens, remaining relatively rare away from towns, and despite its common name, is neither light brown, nor particularly fond of apple! Light brown apple moth adults are highly sexually dimorphic and variable in wing pattern and colour, although a lighter, diamond-shaped area extending from behind the head to approximately one-third of the body length is typically visible at rest.
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