The Moths of Suffolk
1110 Bactra furfurana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Fens, marshes, stream banks and lake margins

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : In the stems of Common Club-rush (Scirpus lacustris) or Compact Rush (Juncus subuliflorus)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1995; R Harvey & J Higgott, 2004-5), Orfordness (J Askins, 2004), Aldeburgh (SMG,, Ipswich (N Sherman, 11.viii.2004), Dunwich (R Goff, 27.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local species, feeding in Juncus-stems. Lowestoft before 1890 (Boyd).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultBactra lancealana
Bactra lacteana
Bactra robustana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
100 75 100

Life history chart
larva larvapupa pupaimago imago imago no datano datano datano data

Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (15.viii.2007) © Paul Kitchener