The Moths of Suffolk
1303 Agriphila selasella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, primarily in the east of the county

Habitats : Grassland, marshes and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to mid-August

Larval foodplants : various grasses, including Common Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima), Small Cord-grass (Spartina maritima) and Sheep's Fescue (Festuca ovina)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local in marshy flats: Blaxhall (Hkr) ; scarce in 1892 at Aldeburgh salt-marshes and found also at Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); Lowestoft (Bd); Fritton at light in 1935 (Mly); Beccles (Ctw); Bungay (Mn).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgriphila tristella

Compare confusion species

Click to view full size image
Great Cornard, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
9 100

Life history chart
larva larva larva pupaimago imago imago no datano datano datano data

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (27.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Click to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Dunwich, Suffolk (22.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Dunwich, Suffolk (3.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener