The Moths of Suffolk
181 Taleporia tubulosa, (Retzius, 1783)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland with little undergrowth, rocks, old walls, and less often meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to June

Larval foodplants : Lichen and decaying plants, also other dead insects

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common at Aldeburgh on 15 July 1892, pupal-cases at Thorp, and imago taken at Southwold (Ctw, EMM. xxvii, 50); cases often observed in Bentley Woods (Mly); one bred at Ampton in 1911 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 15-20mm, female wingless


Confusion species
    AdultBacotia claustrella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © Neil Sherman

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Case on Sycamore trunk - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Found on outside of polytunnel - Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman