The Moths of Suffolk
203 Infurcitinea argentimaculella, (Stainton, 1849)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Larva can be found in shady situations on walls, rocks and tree-trunks where the lichens grow

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early August

Larval foodplants : Lichens such as Lepraria incana and Lepraria aeruginosa

Records : Minsmere (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 29.x.2006), Ipswich (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 30.x.2006), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman, 9.iv.2008)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found in woods at Nacton during 1902 (Gibbs); rare on Monks Soham windows in June and July 1914-33 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEudarcia richardsoni

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Silken feeding tubes containing larvae found on shady bank with lots of lichen - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman