The Moths of Suffolk
1184 Epiblema scutulana, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Grassland, scrub, fens and vegetated shingle banks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June; partial second brood from late July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : In the stem and roots of Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans) or Spear-thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Morley did not differentiate between E. scutulana and E. cirsiana. Quite a frequent kind among thistles. Copdock, Bentley Woods in June, Trimley marshes, Staverton Thicks in August, Parham Wood in May, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Henham, Lowestoft, Ringsfield, Gorleston. Brandon in July, and Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultEpinotia demarniana
Epiblema cirsiana
Epiblema cnicicolana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
2 44 100 15 36 7

Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larvapupa pupaimago imago larva larva larva larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Female. Confirmed by dissection - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener