The Moths of Suffolk
438 Swammerdamia pyrella, (Villers, 1789)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Hedgerows, gardens, heathland, woodland and fens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to Jun and mid-July to August, the second brood being larger

Larval foodplants : Apple (Malus), hawthorn (Crataegus) or pear (Pyrus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Polyphagous, and sometimes in profusion. Copdock (Hkg) abundant at Ipswich in 1896 (Pyett); very rare at Monks Soham light in May and July 1910-31 (Mly); Leiston (Grey); Bradwell church lane (D).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm


Confusion species
    AdultSwammerdamia caesiella
Swammerdamia passerella
Swammerdamia compunctella
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Paraswammerdamia nebulella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa imago ova larvapupa ovapupaimago larva pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener