The Moths of Suffolk
460 Ypsolopha parenthesella, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, heathland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to mid-October

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorn (Crataegus), Hornbeam (Carpinus betula), birch (Betula), possibly Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale) and other trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Polyphagous, and common. Copdock (Hkg); Bentley, Shrubland, Staverton (Whit.); Ipswich (Ml); Glemham Magna (Bloomf.); rare at Monks Soham light in August, and Fritton sugar in September (Mly); Flixton (Ctw).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultYpsolopha ustella

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Covert Wood, Kent (17.vii.2007) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva beaten from oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (29.v.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Middlesex (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
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On hazel - Hintlesham, Suffolk ( © A Prichard