The Moths of Suffolk
701 Agonopterix ocellana, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : In a wide variety of habitats

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

Larval foodplants : Many species of willow (Salix), including White Willow (Salix alba), Purple Willow (Salix purpurea), Osier (Salix viminalis), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Grey Willow (Salix cinerea), Eared Willow (Salix aurita) and Creeping Willow (Salix repens)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common sallow-feeder; 'Suffolk' (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 201) but little noted since 1890, when it was known from Leiston (Grey) and Homersfield (Ctw). Herringfleet marshes in April.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-23mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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