The Moths of Suffolk
1205a Spilonota laricana, (Heinemann, 1863)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : On the needles of larches (Larix) and less often Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably distinct from the last kind, and a much rarer form. Not noticed with us since 1890, when it had been taken at only Flixton near Bungay (Ctw); and was sometimes found freely among larches round Brandon (Barrett, Tr. Norf. Soc. i, 54).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-17mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSpilonota ocellana, Bud Moth

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (29.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman