The Moths of Suffolk
1325 Platytes alpinella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks and Sandlings, may be common in some years

Habitats : Grassland and heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : possibly the moss Tortula ruraliformis

Morley's Final Catalogue : This very local sandy-coast species was discovered at Hemley in 1903 (Wlr) and Lowestoft in 1922 (Ent. 1922, 258). Sutton Heath in 1934 (Bp.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm


Confusion species : None

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Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © N Sherman
Minsmere (viii.2005) © Stuart Read
Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
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Beccles Town Marsh, Suffolk (27.vii.2012) © P. Bryant