The Moths of Suffolk
688 Agonopterix heracliana, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In most types of habitat, except mountainous areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late July to May, hibernating through the winter

Larval foodplants : A wide variety of Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), most commonly on Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), Rough Chervil (Chaerophyllum temulum), Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), also Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Ground-elder (Aegopodium podagraria), Pignut (Conopodium majus), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), Spignel (Meum athamanticum), Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata), water-dropworts (Oenanthe), Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), Pepper-saxifrage (Silaum silaus), Stone Parsley (Sison amomum), Alexanders (Smyrnium olustratum), Upright Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica), Lovage (Ligusticum scoticum) and probably others

Morley's Final Catalogue : The most frequent species of the genus, everywhere during winter. Suffolk (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 201 : his 'D. gilvella, Hb.,' cannot be synonymised now). At sugar at Browston and ivy-blossom at Fritton, Frostenden, &c, in late September; constantly at Monks Soham light. Fifty in a small shed at Parham Wood in August 1931.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-21mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix ciliella
Agonopterix cnicella
Agonopterix scopariella
Agonopterix curvipunctosa
Agonopterix capreolella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
6 17 100 18 3 26 45 6 2 7

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Spexhall, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.ii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman