The Moths of Suffolk
440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, (Scharfenberg, 1805)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Where the foodplant occurs

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

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Our commonest species, on blackthorn. Bentley Woods (Pyett); Wherstead in June, often at Monks Soham light in July-August 1929-34, and at Fritton Lake light in August.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm


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

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk (2.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Grove Farm, Thurston, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman