The Moths of Suffolk
398 Tinagma ocnerostomella, (Stainton, 1850)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, waste ground and vegetated shingle

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Records : Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh; iv.2004, 15.vi.2004, 5.vii.2004 & 14.vii.2004; A Prichard, 23.i.2005), Kings Forest (A Prichard, 16.i.2005), Shingle Street (A Prichard, 19.iii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not observed since 1890, when it was sometimes found to swarm around plants of vipers-bugloss at Brandon in July (Barrett), till 1925 at Worlington when it was plentiful, as also it was in 1933 at Euston (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultTinagma balteolella

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Bred from over-wintered cocoon - ex Landguard Common , Suffolk (1.vi.2012) © P. Bryant

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Cocoon in Vipers Bugloss stem, near base - Shingle Street, Suffolk (19.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Frass track in Vipers Bugloss stem - Shingle Street, Suffolk (19.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Frass track in Vipers Bugloss stem - Shingle Street, Suffolk (19.iii.2006) © A Prichard