The Moths of Suffolk
898 Limnaecia phragmitella, Stainton, 1851

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, wherever the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to August

Larval foodplants : Bulrush (Typha latifolia) and Lesser Bulrush (Typha angustifolia)

Morley's Final Catalogue : An especial fens species, abounding at Homing, &c. Not found to occur with us till 1933, when and the next year it flew freely to light beside Fritton Lake in early August (Mly). Bred at Witnesham in 1935 (Whit.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 16-22mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk (20.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva evicted from within seed-head - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Pushed out tufts on bulrush seedheads, a strong indicator of presence of larvae - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener