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,, Old Hall Wood, Bentley (SMG,

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


Confusion species : None

Click to view full size image
Las Descargues, France. (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart

Life history chart
larva larva larva larva pupa pupaimago imago larva larva larva larva larva

Further Photographs

Click to view full size image
Buxton Wood, Tattingstone, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Brian Jones