Large Fruit-tree Tortrix

Archips podana


Wingspan 18 - 26mm. A fairly large tortrix moth with the fore-wings a purple/brown, marked with black and white, in the male. The female is paler with a netted pattern over the fore-wings.


Woodland and gardens where a wide variety of mostly fruit trees may be used as food-plants for the caterpillars.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in the southern half of Britain. Less common in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September, mainly June to July.