The Moths of Suffolk
719 Ethmia quadrillella, (Goeze, 1783)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fenland, wetlands, damp open woodland, waste ground, river banks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to July

Larval foodplants : Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Tuberous Comfrey (Symphytum tuberosum), Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) or Common Gromwell (Lithospermum officinale) and also Wood Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Lound (S Bayley, 14.vii.2005) & Little Blakenham (P Wilkins, May 2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A very local Fen species, on Symphytum. Taken at Brandon by Lord Walsingham (Tr. Norf. Soc. 1874, p. 64).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-19mm


Confusion species : None

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener