The Moths of Suffolk
938 Agapeta zoegana, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Grassland, scrub, fens and open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : In the roots of Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) and scabious (Scabiosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not rare. Ipswich in 1895 (Pyett), Hemley (Whit.); occasionally at Monks Soham light during 1912-34, and at Covehithe in July 1897 (Mly); Blaxhall (Hkr), Leiston (Grey), Sotterly (Gd), Lowestoft (Bd); Fritton (D). Tuddenham (Waters).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAgapeta hamana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Norfolk (22.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
dark form - Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (2.vii.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Woolpit, Suffolk (11.viii.2015) © Paul Bryant
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener