The Moths of Suffolk
1257 Cydia nigricana, Pea Moth, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, probably under-recorded

Habitats : Grassland, fields and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-June. Literature says this species has a long emergence period extending into August

Larval foodplants : In the seeds pods of vetches (Vicia and Lathyrus) and Garden Pea (Pisum sativum)

Records : Claydon (A Prichard, 30.v.2001) Cornard Country Park (S Read, 25.v.2003, 29.v.2003 & 23.v.2004), Eye (P Kitchener,, Ipswich (N Sherman, 26.v.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent everywhere, in pea-pods. Bentley Woods, abundant on butter-burr at Monks Soham but never flies to light; Ipswich, Hollesley, Hacheston, Leiston, Walberswick, Yarmouth.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultCydia milleniana

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Adult found resting on the foodplant during the day. - Kingsdown Warren, Kent (14.viii.2013) © Lee Gregory

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