The Moths of Suffolk
1187 Epiblema costipunctana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, sandhills, heathland and other areas where the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to July and July to August

Larval foodplants : In the stems and roots of Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Records : Martlesham Heath (G Boyd, 17.vii.1999), Great Cornard (S Read, 26.viii.2001), Long Melford (D Underwood, 26.viii.2001), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 17.vi.2002, 14.vi.2003), Subdbury (S Read, 4.vii.2002 & 23.v.2004), Ipswich (N Sherman, 27.vi.2004), Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott, 26.v.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local, and little observed here. Flixton near Bungay before 1890, and later in swarms at Aldeburgh (Ctw). Gorleston (D); Monks Soham light (Mly); common on ragwort at Bentley in 1932 and Euston in 1933 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-18mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEpiblema cnicicolana

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Taken by Matthew Deans - Bawdsey, Suffolk (28.v.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Netted in the evening flying over grassland - Grove Farm, Thurston, Suffolk (6.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman