The Moths of Suffolk
1292 Calamotropha paludella, (Hübner, 1824)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Reedmace (Typha latifolia) or rarely Lesser Reedmace (T. angustifolia)

Morley's Final Catalogue : This central European species, of obviously generic distinction from the following ones, occurs rarely among the British marshes of Devon and East Anglia alone, though feeding on the ubiquitous Typha latifolia. With us it has been detected only in the north: in the extreme west at Lakenheath (Fenland), and in the east a single male flew to the light of a brilliant lamp close beside Fritton Lake on 7 August 1934 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 23-29mm


Confusion species
    AdultDotted Fan-foot, Macrochilo cribrumalis

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Eye, Suffolk (19.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Norfolk (22.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (22.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
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Redgrave fen, Suffolk (19.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman