The Moths of Suffolk
1103 Endothenia ericetana, (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised mainly to the west of the county

Habitats : Grassland and field margins

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

Larval foodplants : In the roots and lower stem of Marsh-woundwort (Stachys palustris), and possibly Hedge-woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) or Corn-mint (Mentha arvensis)

Records : Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 7.viii.1980 & 25.vii.1983), Raydon (A Watchman, 19.viii.1985), Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Colford (P G Cardy, 1988), Bradfield Woods (C Smith, 1991), Market Weston Fen (SMG, 25.vii.1998), Mildenhall (SMG, 24.vii.1999), Redgrave Fen (SMG, 6.vii.2001), Elveden (P Sterling, 15.vii.2004), Icklingham (S Clancy, 27.vii.2004), Ipswich (N Sherman, 4.viii.2005), West Stow (SMG, 10.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Also a good deal neglected, doubtless frequent. Orford in July 1902 (Gbs); at Monks Soham light in July 1912-35, and quite common at a lantern beside Fritton Lake in August 1934.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEndothenia quadrimaculana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard