The Moths of Suffolk
691 Agonopterix purpurea, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain, no recent records (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Downland, dry grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late August to June, hibernating over the winter

Larval foodplants : Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), Rough Chervil (Chaerophyllum temulum), Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) or Upright Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica). In Sweden Silaum is also reported as foodplant

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite rare with us; feeding on Anthriscus. Taken at Fritton before 1890 (Bd); later at Copdock (Hkg), Monks Soham light in 1934 (Trans. ii, p. clxxxv), and Bungay (Crf). To south of Thetford in 1934 (Whit.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-15mm


Confusion species : None

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Taken at 125W MV light - Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.v.2009) © Matthew Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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First site record - Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey Quay, Suffolk (1.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman