The Moths of Suffolk
1290 Chilo phragmitella, (Hübner, 1805)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common, restricted mainly to coastal and Breck fens and river valleys

Habitats : Fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Common reed (Phragmites) Reed Sweet-grass (Glycera maxima), in the stem or root-stock

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally quite common in marshes. Freston (Freeman); Needham (L); Hemley in 1901-7 (Wlr); Leiston (Hkr), Benacre (Mly), Covehithe (Gd), Lowestoft (Bd); rare in Belton bog in July (Paget 1834) ; flew abundantly to light at Fritton Lake in August 1833-7 (Mly, D). One at light in Tuddenham (Vivian); occurs in all the reed-beds near Timworth (Nurse 1911).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 24-32mm, female 30-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultSchoenobius gigantella
Donacaula forficella

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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford, Norfolk (15.viii.2001) © Lee Gregory
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Female - Dunwich, Suffolk (5.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener