The Moths of Suffolk
705 Agonopterix umbellana, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Where its foodplant occurs

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

Larval foodplants : Gorse (Ulex europaeus) and in Cornwall on Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa). On the continent also reported from Western Gorse (Ulex gallii), Dwarf Gorse (Ulex minor) and Petty Whin (Genista anglica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rarer than the last among gorse; unnoted in the west. Abundant on Rushmere Heath about 1898 (Baylis, Pyett); Foxhall in October 1899, and in the Gisleham sand-pit in 1929 (Mly); plentiful at Southwold during 1897 (Ctw). Benacre denes.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-24mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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