The Moths of Suffolk
949 Aethes dilucidana, (Stephens, 1852)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Chalky grassland

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

Larval foodplants : In the seed-heads of Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) and Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

Records : Great Blakenham (A Watchman, 18.vii.1975), Bramford (A Watchman, 14.vii.1979), Milden (A Watchman, 2.viii.1991), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 28.vi.1992), Knettishall Heath (M R Hall, 1.viii.1999), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 2001)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Two specimens on yarrow on the cliffs at Felixstow in 1901 (Pyett); on the Breck at Mildenhall in mid-August 1934 and at Blakenham chalk-pits in July 1935 (MIy).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAethes francillana
Aethes beatricella

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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