The Moths of Suffolk
189 Epichnopterix plumella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Meadows and moorland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, April to June

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Records : Minsmere (D Gibbs, 18.v.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Flying not uncommonly at Foxhall pond during May 1898-1907; Oulton Broad in 1905; and Blythburgh Heath in 1934 (Mly); Henham (Gd). Lakenheath (Eedle in 'Fenland').

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 10-14mm, female wingless


Confusion species
    AdultBacotia claustrellaLuffia lapidella
Psyche castaPsyche crassiorella
Proutia betulinaAcanthopsyche atra
Pachythelia villosella
    Larval casePsyche casta
Psyche crassiorella
Proutia betulina
Epichnopterix retiella

Compare confusion species
    Larval case

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Seen flying over grassland by day - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found trapped in greenhouse during the day - Ipswich, Suffolk (21.v.2015) © Neil Sherman