The Moths of Suffolk
476 Acrolepia autumnitella, Curtis, 1838

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Double-brooded; July and October to April

Larval foodplants : Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) or occasionally Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)

Records : Thornham Estate (M Hall & M Brooks, 15.iii.1997), Thetford (A Musgrove, 22.vii.2003), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman, 29.ix.2004 & 9.iii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Once only in Bentley Woods, on 15 April 1933 - after forty years work there! Abundant in Monks Soham garden, house and at light there in July, Aug., Sept., Oct. April and May 1909-37 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-13mm


Confusion species
    AdultAcrolepiopsis assectella, Leek Moth
Acrolepiopsis betulella
Acrolepiopsis marcidella

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Found at rest in garden on courgette plant - Ipswich, Suffolk (9.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larval mines on Bittersweet - Tattingstone, Suffolk ( © A Prichard