The Moths of Suffolk
1115 Ancylis achatana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Gardens, hedgerows, scrub, open woodland

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

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of hawthorns (Crataegus), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and less often cotoneasters (Cotoneaster)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Pretty surely frequent, but rarely observed. First taken at Hemley in 1903 by Waller (EMM. 1904, 80); close beside Covehithe Broad in July 1912; and only once at Monks Soham light, on 24 July 1921 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-18mm


Confusion species
    AdultAncylis unguicella

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman