The Moths of Suffolk
119 Opostega salaciella, (Treitschke, 1833)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, predominantly in the Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, grassland and other places the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early August

Larval foodplants : Probably Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless abundant. Ipswich in 1932 (Whit.) flew to Monks Soham light on 25 July 1933 (Mly); taken at Southwold in 1897 (Ctw). Brandon (Tr. Norf. Soc. 1874, p. 75).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-12mm


Confusion species
    AdultPseudopostega auritella
Pseudopostega crepusculella
Opostega spatulella

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman