The Moths of Suffolk
812 Scrobipalpa instabilella, (Douglas, 1846)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common

Habitats : Salt-marshes,mudflats and banks of tidal rivers

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to July

Larval foodplants : Sea-purslane (Atriplex portulacoides) and occasionally other foodplants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found among Atriplex, whose leaves it eats. Southwold in 1897 (Crutwell).

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScrobipalpa suaedellaScrobipalpa samadensis
Scrobipalpa salinellaScrobipalpa ocellatella, Beet Moth
Scrobipalpa nitentellaScrobipalpa atriplicella
Scrobipalpula diffluella

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Confirmed by dissection. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larval mine and spinning on Sea Purslane - Hemley, Suffolk (3.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Confirmed by Jon Clifton by dissection - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2011) © Neil Sherman
(Gen.det. Jon Clifton) - Iken Cliff, Suffolk (21.vi.2015) © Paul Kitchener