The Moths of Suffolk
1016 Cnephasia longana, (Haworth, 1851)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Grassland, fens, heathland and vegetated shingle

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

Larval foodplants : On the flowers and shoots of a wide variety of herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much most prevalent on the coast-sands with us: Felixstow (Gbs), Aldeburgh and Southwold (Ctw. EMM. xxvii, 50), abundant at both Thorpe and Sizewell (Mly), Leiston (Hkr), Lowestoft (Bd) and rare on Gorleston palings (D). Also common on the Breck sands in 1885 (Farren, Ent. 1886, 108). Sometimes rarely inland: Bentley Woods in 1896 and Ipswich in 1901 (Pyett); a single female only at Monks Soham light, on 13 August.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-22mm


Confusion species : None

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Female - Eye, Suffolk (8.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male - Eye, Suffolk (14.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman