The Moths of Suffolk
1329 Donacaula forficella, (Thunberg, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and uncommon

Habitats : Fens

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

Larval foodplants : Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Reed Sweet-grass (Glyceria maxima) and sedges (Carex), in rolled shoots

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means frequent: Rare about Ipswich at both dusk and light in 1895 (Pyett); Southwold (Ctw), Covehithe (Gd); very local at Beccles (Crf); one at dusk in Burgh Castle 'marshes on on 5 August 1935 (Ellis). Brandon (Barrett) and two at Barnham in 1911 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 25-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultChilo phragmitella
Schoenobius gigantella
Donacaula mucronellus

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
27 100 27 8

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Dunwich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Woolpit, Suffolk (21.vii.2015) © Paul Bryant
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Woolpit, Suffolk (21.vii.2015) © Paul Bryant