The Moths of Suffolk
896 Cosmopterix orichalcea, Stainton, 1861

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Fens, wet woodland, ditches and stream banks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to August

Larval foodplants : Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Sweet Vernal-grass (Antoxanthum odoratum), Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea), Common Reed (Phragmites australis), millet (Milium spp.) and Holy Grass (Hierochloe odorata)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A very resplendent and local species through the southern half of England in late June; 'Suffolk' is one of the counties it patronises (Meyrick).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-10mm


Confusion species : None

Life history chart
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