The Moths of Suffolk
1324 Pediasia aridella, (Thunberg, 1788)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, Brecks and coastal sites

Habitats : Grassland, marshes and saltmarsh

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

Larval foodplants : Common Saltmarsh Grass (Puccinellia maritima) and other saltmarsh grasses, on the stem bases

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 1997, 1999, 2000-2, 2004), Bromeswell Green (A Watchman, 27.vii.1979), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 7.viii.2004), Havergate (SMG, 1.vii.2005), Lakenheath (D Young, 1.vii.1995), Maidscross Hill (R Parker, 15.vii.1995), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), Orfordness(J Askins, 2002-4)

Morley's Final Catalogue : This salt-marsh species was found to occur in limited numbers at Aldeburgh in 1891 (EMM. 1892, 254).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgriphila inquinatella
Pediasia contaminella

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Havergate Island, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Orfordness, Suffolk (24.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans