The Moths of Suffolk
473 Acrolepiopsis assectella, Leek Moth, (Zeller, 1839)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident and migrant (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Coastal areas

Flight Period : Double-brooded; October to May, June to July with occasional third brood

Larval foodplants : Onion, leek or garlic (Allium)

Records : Bury St Edmunds (M R Hall, 1998), Ipswich (J Higgott, 2001), Brandon (G Austin,, Landguard Common (N Odin, 12.x.2003), Stowmarket (A Aston, 10.viii.1959; H Chipperfield, ix.1964), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman, 3.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Aston's Additions : A recent importation of which a specimen came to my Stowmarket light on 10.viii.1959. Mr. J. D. Bradley and Mr. S. Wakely identified the insect for me (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. V, p. 414).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-14mm


Confusion species
    AdultAcrolepiopsis betulella
Acrolepiopsis marcidella
Acrolepia autumnitella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
ssp. Leek Moth imago imago imago imago ovalarvaimago larvapupaimago ovapupaimago larva larvapupa larvapupaimago imago imago

Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (23.viii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston , Suffolk (20.v.2010) © Brian Jones
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Ipswich, Suffolk (30.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener