The Moths of Suffolk
1109 Lobesia littoralis, (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Saltmarsh, estuaries, coastal cliffs, and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; June to July and September to October

Larval foodplants : On the leaves, flowers and seeds of Sea-wormwood (Artemisia maritima) or Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Records : Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 1978-80), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1995), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 1999), Brandon (G Austin, 2002), Orfordness (J Askins, 8.ix.2002)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant in our salt-marshes on Armeria maritima during June and August; curiously little noted. In profusion beside the Deben at Hemley in 1932-4 (Wlr, Mly, &c.); taken by Wratislaw, probably at Aldeburgh; on several occasions at Southwold by Crutwell and Barrett (EMM. xxvii, 221); there in Sept. 1937 and on Gorleston pales in May 1936 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-16mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Martlesham, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman