The Moths of Suffolk
905 Blastodacna hellerella, (Duponchel, 1838)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Wherever the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to August

Larval foodplants : Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Midland Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata), in the young berries

Morley's Final Catalogue : Usually common on hawthorn. Aldeburgh (Ctw); Lowestoft (Bd). Monks Soham at light in 1935 (Mly). See Alasdair Aston's comment for Blastodacna atra

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-11mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye, Suffolk (1.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard