The Moths of Suffolk
470 Orthotelia sparganella, (Thunberg, 1788)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland, scrubs, fens, heathland, margins of ponds and other places where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Bur-reed (Sparganium) or occasionally Iris spp. or Reed Sweet-grass (Glyceria maxima)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bred from pupa cut out of burr-reed at Hemley (W. H. Bolton) and at Fritton (Wiltshire 1936). Waldringfield in 1924 (Wlr); Bungay in 1902 (Mn); several flew to light beside Fritton Lake early in August 1933-7 (Mly, D.); Barnham, taken by Nurse (Trans. i, 35).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-28mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk (27.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2008) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman