The Moths of Suffolk
746 Chrysoesthia drurella, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Waste ground, arable land with root crops

Flight Period : Double-brooded, late May to early July and mid-August to September

Larval foodplants : Orache (Atriplex) or goosefoot (Chenopodium)

Records : Ipswich (N Sherman,, & 7.viii.2003), Stradboke (N Whinney, 25.viii.2002), Eye (P Kitchener, 9.viii.2004), Minsmere (G Lyons & M Telfer, 24.viii.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : On Atriplex and Chenopodium; not rare with us. Beaten from bushes in the Bramford chalk-pits on 8 July 1904 (Mly); one at Waldringfleld in 1930 (Wlr); plentiful all around Ipswich (Whit). Brandon (WM).


Confusion species : None

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Found by day at rest on a Fat Hen - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause pupaimago larva larvapupaimago larvaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (22.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Mine found on Fat hen plant growing in the garden. - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman