The Moths of Suffolk
631 Cosmiotes freyerella, (Hübner, 1825)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : A wide range of habitats, most often in damp meadows and woodland ridges

Flight Period : Double-brooded, late April to June and late July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Meadow-grass (Poa), soft-grass (Holcus), cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), and probably other Gramineae (Poaceae). On the continent also from fescue (Festuca), brome (Bromus), wild wheat (Triticum) and Dune Hair-grass (Koeleria cristata), Mining the leaves

Records : Elveden (Lancashire Moth Group, 18-21.vii.2002), Thornham (P Kitchener, 9.v.2003), Eye (P Kitchener, 20.v.2004), Ipswich (N Sherman, 27.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A quite common kind; on grasses. Hemley (Whit.); Leiston (Grey); Mildenhall and occasionally on lawns in Monks Soham garden during mid-May (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-8mm


Confusion species
    AdultCosmiotes consortella
Cosmiotes stabilella
    Leaf-mineElachista atricomellaElachista luticomella
Elachista albifrontellaElachista nobilella
Elachista apicipunctellaElachista humilis
Elachista rufocinereaElachista rufocinerea
Elachista triatomeaElachista collitella
Elachista subocelleaElachista bedellella
Elachista obliquellaElachista unifasciella
Elachista gangabellaElachista subalbidella
Elachista adscitellaElachista bisulcella
Cosmiotes freyerellaCosmiotes consortella
Cosmiotes stabilella

Compare confusion species

Flight chart
100 50

Life history chart
larva larvapupaimago pupaimago imago larvapupa pupaimago no datano datano datano data

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (29.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Found trapped in greenhouse during the day - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman