The Moths of Suffolk
461 Ypsolopha ustella, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, grassland, fens and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to April, information from local data does not present a clear picture

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ypsolophus variellus is termed common round Yarmouth in 1834 (Paget). Not unfrequent here still : Bentley Woods during Oct., Feb., March and April; Martlesham Heath (Mly), Leiston, Flixton, Benacre Broad; Gorleston palings (D). Ipswich, Shrubland and Thetford (Whit.); Tuddenham Fen.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultYpsolopha parenthesella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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7 28 57 21 21 100 71 21 42 28

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (11.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Dunwich, Suffolk (27.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Dunwich, Suffolk (28.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener