The Moths of Suffolk
649 Esperia sulphurella, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded, April to June

Larval foodplants : Feeding on dead wood and decaying hard fungus (Daldinia concentrica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Plentiful about rotted wood everywhere. Very common about Yarmouth in 1834 (Paget). Recently noted at Ipswich, Parham Wood, frequent in Monks Soham stable, Gorleston hedges, Woolpit and Brandon, in May to mid-June only.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larval feeding producing piles of frass on rotting wood (id to be confirmed - Suffolk (2006) © R Edmunds
Thetford, Norfolk (1.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (29.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener