The Moths of Suffolk
1316 Catoptria falsella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

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 August

Larval foodplants : mosses - Tortula and Barbula

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a common kind here. Ipswich (Garrett, Pyett), Felixstow (EMM. 1904, 80), Clopton in 1898 and in profusion at Waldringfield (Wlr) and Monks Soham light during 1910-37 (Mly); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield), Stowmarket, (B), Aldeburgh (Ctw), Lowestoft (Chawner), at light at Bungay (Nin). In the west at Tuddenham (Waters) and Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCatoptria verellus

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Eye (26.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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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
Eye, Suffolk (1.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Staverton, Suffolk (19.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener