The Moths of Suffolk
391 Glyphipterix simpliciella, Cocksfoot Moth, (Stephens, 1834)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, roadsides, woodland, fens and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early June, references give to early July

Larval foodplants : Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata) or Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very common on low plants, feeding on Dactylis-seeds. Nacton, Foxhall, Monks Soham, Hacheston, Southwold, &c; often sitting in flowers during June.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 6-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGlyphipterix schoenicolella
Glyphipterix equitella
Glyphipterix forsterella
Glyphipterix haworthana

Compare confusion species
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Swept from Cock's-foot Grass - Ixworth, Suffolk (28.v.2009) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Germander speedwell flowers - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Wolves Wood, Suffolk (23.v.2012) © P. Bryant