The Moths of Suffolk
642 Batia unitella, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, gardens, heathland, scrub, and a wide variety of others containing trees

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late June to August

Larval foodplants : On fungus and dead bark of many types of tree

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local, larvae in dead wood. Not infrequent at Ipswich in mid-July in garden.and at light during 1902-4 (Mly); Leiston (Grey). Waldringfield garden, July 1937 (Wrl). Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-17mm


Confusion species
    AdultCrassa tinctella

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Eye, Suffolk (2.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
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Ipswich, Suffolk (19.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman