The Moths of Suffolk
1138 Epinotia nisella, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, fens, scrub parks, gardens and stream banks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early October

Larval foodplants : In the catkins and on the leaves of sallows (Salix) or poplars (Populus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not uncommon among sallows; almost unnoted in the west. Bentley Woods in August 1895 (Baylis); Ipswich; Leiston (Grey) common on aspens by the River Alde at Famham during July and in Blythburgh Wood during September (Mly); Lowestoft (Bd); Gorleston in June (D). Five on Black Poplar at Mildenhall in 1933 (Whit). Also entry under E. cinerana - Bentley, on aspen and bred in 1930-5. A perfectly good species, sec. Pierce, confirming its distinct appearance from the last (Whittingham).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-17mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye, Suffolk (11.viii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Great Cornard, Suffolk (10.viii.2006) © Stuart Read
Eye, Suffolk (30.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Female. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Bawdsey, Suffolk (11.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (4.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener