The Moths of Suffolk
697 Agonopterix arenella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety of habitats where its foodplant grows

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

Larval foodplants : Thistles (Carduus and Cirsium), knapweeds (Centaurea), burdocks (Arctium) or Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria). On the continent also reported from Carlina, Sonchus and Knautia

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere from Bentley Woods to Gorleston. On sugar at Fritton. Frequently at Monks Soham light in every month of the year excepting only June. Staverton, on sugar.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 16-22mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk (ix.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (20.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Aldeburgh, Suffolk (25.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (28.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener