The Moths of Suffolk
689 Agonopterix ciliella, (Stainton, 1849)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : In most types of habitat

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

Larval foodplants : A wide variety of Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), including Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), Milk-parsley (Peucedanum palustre), Pepper-saxifrage (Silaum silaus), Spignel (Meum athamanticum), Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Ground-elder (Aegopodium podagraria), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) and Cambridge Milk-parsley (Selinum carvifolia)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Landguard (N Odin, 1997), Elveden (H Beaumont, 13.viii.2002), Ipswich (N Sherman, 19.vii.2006 & 12.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Another Angelica-feeder. Taken at both Southwold and Homersfield in 1897 (Ctw).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-24mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix cnicella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman

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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (2.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener