The Moths of Suffolk
1087 Orthotaenia undulana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, probably over-looked

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of honeysuckles (Lonicera), bilberries (Vaccinium), Bog-myrtle (Myrica), birches (Betula) and a wide variety of other plants, shrubs and trees

Records : Thorpeness (G C Pelham-Clinton & R M Mere, vii.1965), Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Southwold (D Lees & A Pearson,, Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 1999-2002), Old Hall Wood (SMG,, Ipswich (N Sherman,, Trundley Woods (L Gregory & P Bryant,, Buxhall (A Prichard, 2.vii.2005), Tangham Forest (SMG, 16.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common through the County, and Britain infrequent at Monks Soham light.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultCelypha lacunana

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Great Thurlow, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2007) © Neil Sherman
Maidscross Hill, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory