The Moths of Suffolk
951 Aethes beatricella, (Walsingham, 1898)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Grassland, fens, hedgerows and wood margins

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : In the seed-heads of Hemlock (Conium) and occasionally Alexanders (Smyrnium)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered by the Hon. Beatrice de Grey, later Mrs. Carpenter, at Leiston where she bred it during 1879-80 (EMM. 1898, p. 75). Reared from Conium at Ipswich in 1934 and Darsham in 1935 (Whit); Southwold and Dunwich in 1936 (Wlr).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAethes dilucidana
Aethes francillana
Aethes fennicana

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk (1.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman