The Moths of Suffolk
776 Teleiopsis diffinis, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Common in Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland and grassland, especially on acid soils

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

Larval foodplants : Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common inland, coast, and Breek species. Copdock (Hkg), Bentley (Whit), Foxhall in May 1907 (Mly), Blaxhall (Hkr). Aldeburgh, Leiston, Southwold (Ctw). Brandon, and abundant on Icklingham Plains in June (Mly). Benacre denes, Sept. 1937.

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultXenolechia aethiops

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Landguard, Felixstowe, Suffolk (30.v.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (22.v.2010) © Brian Jones
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (2.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Dark specimen, a male. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Unusual example with rusty-brown raised scales instead of black ones - Dunwich, Suffolk (6.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (27.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener