The Moths of Suffolk
410 Argyresthia brockeella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, especially in the Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : birch (Betula) or Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ubiquitous on birch. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Sproughton, Waldringfield, Leiston, Flixton, Lound, Fritton Lake at light, common on Gorleston palings; beaten from oak at Mildenhall. Never found at Monks Soham, where is no birch.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultArgyresthia ivella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pygmaeella

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Unusual extensive white marked individual - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk (28.vi.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman