The Moths of Suffolk
650 Esperia oliviella, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Ancient broad-leaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to July

Larval foodplants : Decaying wood, feeding under the bark

Records : Holbrook (S Ling & E Patrick, 21.vi.2000), Old Hall Wood, Bentley (SMG, 17.vi.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much rarer than the last, in dead oak-wood. Stratford Mary in August 1897 (Pyett); Bentley in 1934 (Whit.) ; Felixstow in 1901 (Gibbs).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Las Descargues, France. (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Buxton Wood, Tattingstone, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Brian Jones