The Moths of Suffolk
654 Pleurota bicostella, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to July

Larval foodplants : Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) or Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)

Records : Cavenham Heath (A Dobson, 19.vi.1999), Knettishall Heath (M Hall, 19.vii.1999), Barnhamcross Common (SMG, 28.vii.2001), Walberswick (SMG, 3.viii.2001), Barnham Heath (SMG 13.vii.2002 & 11.vii.2003; A Musgrove, 14.vi.2003), Hopton ( P Bryant, 8.vii.2003), Aldringham Walks (SMG, 19.vii.2003), Dunwich Heath (D Brougham, 14.vi.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Confined to heaths; far scarcer than in southern England, unnoted since 1890. Fritton (Barrett); Newmarket Heath.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 23-25mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Caught by Clive Moore - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (20.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Caught by Clive Moore - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (20.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans