The Moths of Suffolk
385 Anthophila fabriciana, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Found wherever nettles grow

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and July to Octoberlate records may indicate a third brood

Larval foodplants : Nettle (Urtica), occasionally on Pellitory-of-the-wall (Parietaria judaica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : 'Suffolk' (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 29). In profusion throughout the County, and Britain to Ultima Thule, about nettles in both spring and autumn. The familiar Nettle-Tap.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-15mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultTebenna micalis
Prochoreutis sehestediana
Prochoreutis myllerana
Choreutis pariana, Apple Leaf Skeletonizer

Compare confusion species
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Great Cornard, Suffolk (10.vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Feeding on Hogweed - Warham, Norfolk (7.x.2007) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2012) © Neil Sherman