The Moths of Suffolk
641 Batia lambdella, (Donovan, 1793)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Heathland, grassland and scrub,areas with gorse, predominantly in coastal areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to July

Larval foodplants : Dead bark of gorse, feeding under the bark

Morley's Final Catalogue : Flies over the dead gorse stems and twigs in which its larvae feed. Aldeburgh in 1992 and Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); first discovered here at Leiston during 1873-5 (Grey). One at Southwold in June 1937 (Wlr).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-18mm


Confusion species
    AdultBatia lunaris
Batia internella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
11 100 33 1

Life history chart
larva larva larva larva larvapupa pupaimago imago larva larva larva larva

Further Photographs

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male gen.det. Jon Clifton - New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory