The Moths of Suffolk
1328 Schoenobius gigantella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, not uncommon where it occurs

Habitats : Fens and marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early September, in the literature this species is quoted as being mainly single-brooded with main emergence in June and a partial second brood in August however, the records do not appear to support this in Suffolk

Morley's Final Catalogue : Pretty well confined in Britain to East Anglia and York. With us it seems extremely local: Pupae are abundant in marshes round Needham, where the imago is sometimes taken at light and probably much commoner than is generally supposed (L, before 1890). One netted at Ampton in 1911 (Nurse) ; and one or two at Downham (Norgate). Diss (Leech 1886, p. 72). Rare at light, Fritton Lake in Aug. 1935 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 25-30mm, female 41-46mm


Confusion species
    AdultChilo phragmitella
Donacaula forficella

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Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Norfolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male - Eye, Suffolk (17.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman