The Moths of Suffolk
923 Phtheochroa sodaliana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare - Breckland

Habitats : Calcareous grassland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : On the berries of Buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus), a purple berry amongst a group of green berries usually indicates the presence of a larva

Records : Barnhamcross Common (SMG, 15.vi.2002 & 7.vi.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : One specimen captured at Tuddenham in July 1903; larvae feed in buckthorn fruit (E. G. J. Sparke).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-16mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultHysterophora maculosana
Phtheochroa rugosana

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Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman

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