The Moths of Suffolk
667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Old hedgerows and blackthorn thickets

Flight Period : Single-brooded, April to May

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), less often hawthorn (Crataegus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not supposed to be rare on hawthorn and rowan. Taken at Bungay in 1903 by Mrs. Mann (Trans. i, 35), probably at light; and on 2 June 1935 in Fritton marshes (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultSemioscopis avellanella

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Wordwell, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman
Bradwell, Suffolk (14.iv.2011) © Keith Knights
Lound, Suffolk (7.iv.2011) © Brian Jones