The Moths of Suffolk
1111 Bactra lancealana, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Fens, marshes, wet woodland and grassland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-May to June and mid-July to September. Literature has the two broods as May to August and August to October but this does not align with local records

Larval foodplants : In the stems of Compact Rush (Juncus subuliflorus), Common Club-rush (Scirpus lacustris), Deergrass (Scirpus cespitosus) or Galingale (Cyperus longus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of frequent occurrence in swamps everywhere from Bentley to Shipmeadow; sometimes at Monks Soham light; especially abundant in Blythburgh Wood, among rushes.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultBactra furfurana
Bactra lacteana
Bactra robustana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
32 100 16 57 27

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (12.viii.2007) © Paul Kitchener