The Moths of Suffolk
822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella, (Sircom, 1850)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Rough meadows, field edges, broken ground on chalk downland and parkland

Flight Period : Double-brooded, late April to June and late July to early September

Larval foodplants : Thistles (Carduus and Cirsium). On the continent also reported from Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local among thistles. Leiston (Grey); Southwold (Ctw); many flying, in Monks Soham paddock on 14 May 1933 (Mly). Cavenham in June 1936 (Gd).

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScrobipalpa pauperella
Scrobipalpa clintoni
Scrobipalpula diffluella

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Confirmed by dissection. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (10.v.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Male. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman