The Moths of Suffolk
190 Epichnopterix retiella, (Newman, 1847)

National Status : pRDB2

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Salt-marsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to early June

Larval foodplants : Common Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia martima) and other grasses growing in saltmarshes

Records : Erwarton (AWP, 23.v.2009) - swept from grass on sea-wall

Morley's Final Catalogue : Far from uncommon locally in Hemley salterns about 1933 (Wlr, Rait-Smith, Metcalfe, &c.); Hollesley and Orford in 1932-4 (Whit.); swept from reeds at Easton Broad on 30 May 1905 (Mly).

Comments : Probably an over-looked species as it does not appear to come to light and is limited in its habitats.

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 8-10mm, female wingless

Identification

Confusion species
    Larval casePsyche casta
Psyche crassiorella
Proutia betulina
Epichnopterix plumella

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Swept from grass bank on sea-wall - Erwarton, Suffolk (23.v.2009) © A Prichard

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