The Moths of Suffolk
886 Mompha ochraceella, (Curtis, 1839)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Damp areas - stream banks and ditches

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August

Larval foodplants : Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), mining stem and leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not often observed. Beaten bushes at Foxhall in July 1904, and occasionally at Monks Soham light during 1914-33 (Mly); Orford (Gibbs) and Bungay (Mn) in 1904. Lackford (Whit.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultMompha epilobiella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (4.vii.2008) © Stuart Read
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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard