The Moths of Suffolk
451 Ypsolopha mucronella, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland, particularly on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to May, recorded mainly in September, March and April

Larval foodplants : Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : One example in Bentley Woods during January 1896 (Baylis), and others in October and December 1899, all among holly there, where is no Euonymus: none seen later (Mly). Sotterly at light on 26 May 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 26-33mm


Confusion species
    AdultYpsolopha scabrella

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Eye, Suffolk (3.iv.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (1.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
leg. Steve Woolnough - Mendlesham Green, Suffolk (2.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener