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

Identification

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
    Adult
    Larval case

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

Flight chart
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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