The Moths of Suffolk
1313 Catoptria pinella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, woodland, gardens, fens

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

Larval foodplants : various grasses, including Cottongrass (Eriophorum) and Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia caespitosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local, and never seen at Monks Soham through thirty years till 1935. Common about Ipswich (Mly), at Felixstow (Pyett), a few at Waldringfield in 1929 (Wlr), Blaxhall, Dunwich, Yoxford, Bungay, Flixton, Gorleston, Beccles; at Brandon and Thetford.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultCatoptria permutatella
Catoptria osthelderi
Catoptria speculalis

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Eye (28.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
8 100 37 0

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard (vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory