The Moths of Suffolk
939 Aethes tesserana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, vegetated shingle, railway embankments, quarries, field edges and waste ground

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : In the roots of Hawkweed Oxtongue (Picris hieracioides), Bristly Oxtongue (Picris echioides), hawkweeds (Hieracium), hawk's-beards (Crepis) and Ploughman's-spikenard (Inula conyza)

Records : Thorpeness (R M Mere, G C Pelham-Clinton, vii.1965), Lavenham (A Watchman, 1979 & 1980), Sudbury (S Read, 2001, 2002 & 2004), Brandon (G Austin, 23.vi.2003), Dunwich (A Prichard, 5.vii.2003), Orfordness (J Askins, 2004), Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott, 8.vi.2004), Barnhamcross Common (L Gregory & S Read, 16.vi.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a common species on all our coast-denes throughout June. Felixstow in July 1902-3 (Gbs); Dunwich and Southwold (Ctw); Lowestoft (Bd), up to Yarmouth denes in 1933 (Mly). Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-17mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire (17.vi.2007) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Sudbury, Suffolk (23.vi.2008) © Stuart Read
Folkestone Warren, Kent (9.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans