The Moths of Suffolk
1323 Pediasia contaminella, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks and Sandlings, where it may be common

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to mid-August, occasional partial second brood in September

Larval foodplants : Sheep's Fescue (Festuca ovina) and other grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local species, apparently confined to the coast with us Plentiful at Felixstow in 1901 (Pyett); Hemley in 1902 (Wlr); Lowestoft before 1890 (Bd) and later (Ent. 1922, 258).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-30mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAgriphila inquinatella
Agriphila geniculea
Pediasia aridella

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Landguard, Felixstowe (29.vi.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © Neil Sherman
Melanic individual - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener