The Moths of Suffolk
1326 Platytes cerussella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks and Sandlings, where it may appear in profusion

Habitats : Grassland, heathland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early July

Larval foodplants : various small, stiff grasses and possibly Sand Sedge (Carex arenaria), where they grow on sand and shingle

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means rare: At Ipswich lights in June 1902 (Mly); Felixstow and Orford in July 1902 (Gibbs), Sutton Heath in 1935 (Bp), bundant at Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw) ; Lowestoft, abundant at Fritton in 1930 (D). Tuddenham, Brandon; Cavenham 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 12-15mm, female 10-13mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Woolpit, Suffolk ( © Paul Bryant