The Moths of Suffolk
1186 Epiblema sticticana, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Disturbed areas, grassland, vegetated shingle and sandhills

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

Larval foodplants : In the roots and flower stem of Colt's-foot (Tussilago farfara), less often on Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragans)

Records : Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 1978-1980, 1985), Little Blakenham Pit (A Watchman, 14.viii.1988), Ipswich (N Sherman, 16.vi.2004), Levington (A Prichard)

Morley's Final Catalogue : In profusion almost wherever coltsfoot abounds. Copdock (Hkg); Ipswich in June 1896 (Pyett); Coddenham chalk-pits (Mly); Felixstow (Gbs); Lowestoft and Somerleyton brick-fields.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEpiblema scutulana

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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