The Moths of Suffolk
1281 Dichrorampha simpliciana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, uncultivated ground and other rough areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to September

Larval foodplants : In the lower stem and roots of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, between 1987 and 1989), Landguard Common (N Odin & M Marsh, 2001), Elveden (H Beaumont, 13.viii.2002), Lavenham (S Read, 14.v.2003), Ipswich (N Sherman, 10.viii.2003 & 29.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a common kind excepting on the heavy boulder-clay. Only once at Monks Soham light, on 20 August 1929 (Mly); Ipswich, Hemley, Butley (Whit), frequent at Orford (Gbs), Aldeburgh (Ctw), Leiston. (Grey); Southwold, Blythburgh heronry, Lowestoft; and in August at Gorleston, both on palings and among its mugwort food-plant.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultDichrorampha plumbagana
Dichrorampha senectana
Dichrorampha acuminatana
Dichrorampha plumbana

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Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (27.viii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (20.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener