The Moths of Suffolk
893 Mompha epilobiella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-May to June and July to early August

Larval foodplants : Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), Broad-leaved Willowherb (Epilobium montanum) or Marsh Willowherb (Epilobium palustre), in spun shoots

Morley's Final Catalogue : An abundant kind on the common Willowherb everywhere. Noted at Ipswich, Foxhall, Felixstow, freely at Monks Soham light, Hacheston, Leiston, Blythburgh Wood, Lowestoft. Frostenden 1936 (H. F. Allen).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm


Confusion species
    AdultMompha ochraceella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
13 6 33 80 6 100 13 6 13

Life history chart
imago imago imago imago imago ova larvapupa pupaimago imago imago imago imago

Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (17.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
bred from larval spinning on willowherb - ex Carlton Marshes, Suffolk (vi.2012) © P. Bryant