The Moths of Suffolk
180 Diplodoma laichartingella, (Goeze, 1783)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Wooded areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to June

Larval foodplants : Lichens, on wood, fences and rocks, and also on decaying plant matter and dead insects, in spiders webs and in hollow trees

Records : Ipswich (J Higgott, 2001), Elveden (G Finch, 14.v.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered on hawthorn stems at Aldeburgh in 1892 (Crutwell).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-15mm


Confusion species
    Larval caseNarycia duplicellaDahlica triquetrella
Dahlica inconspicuella, Lesser Lichen Case-bearerDahlica lichenella, Lichen Case-bearer
Bacotia claustrellaLuffia lapidella
Luffia ferchaultella

Compare confusion species
    Larval case

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Found in polytunnel - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Daytime catch - Iken Cliff, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener