The Moths of Suffolk
815 Scrobipalpa nitentella, (Fuchs, 1902)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Salt-marsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to August

Larval foodplants : Goosefoot (Chenopodium) or Annual Sea-blite (Suaeda maritima). Also Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima), Sea-purslane (Atriplex portucaloides), Sea-beet (Beta vulgaris), Grass-leaved Orache (Atriplex littoralis), Hastate Orache (Atriplex hastata) and Perennial Glasswort (Sarcocornia perennis)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A species new to Science, mixed with the last one (cf. Trans. 1934, p. excvi), occurring in the salt-marshes of the River Deben at Waldringfield, &c. (Waller); larvae in spun galleries among seeds of chenopodium and Suaeda (Whittingham; cf. Entom. 1935 ,97).

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScrobipalpa suaedellaScrobipalpa samadensis
Scrobipalpa instabilellaScrobipalpa salinella
Scrobipalpa ocellatella, Beet MothScrobipalpa obsoletella
Scrobipalpa atriplicella

Compare confusion species
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Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Orfordness, Suffolk (24.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Spinning and feeding on Halimione - Mersea Island, Essex (4.x.2008) © A Prichard
Spinning and feeding on Halimione - note U-shaped mine of first instar larva - Mersea Island, Essex (4.x.2008) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman