The Moths of Suffolk
431 Yponomeuta sedella, Treitschke, 1832

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May

Larval foodplants : Orpine (Sedum telephium) or closely related cultivars

Records : Woolverstone (A Watchman, 2.vii.1984,, Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman, 17.vii.1999), Woodbridge (R Kendrick,

Morley's Final Catalogue : This local species in Norfolk was certain to turn up among the very abundant Sedum telephium in Parham and other woods. Mrs. Mann took it at Bungay in 1903 (Trans. i, 35); and several at light beside Fritton Lake in August 1934-5 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-18mm


Confusion species
    AdultYponomeuta evonymella, Bird-cherry ErmineYponomeuta padella, Orchard Ermine
Yponomeuta malinellus, Apple ErmineYponomeuta cagnagella, Spindle Ermine
Yponomeuta rorrella, Willow ErmineYponomeuta irrorella
Yponomeuta plumbella

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (26.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa imago imago larva larvapupa pupaimago larva larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Spexhall, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (6.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener