The Moths of Suffolk
1330 Donacaula mucronellus, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, coastal fens and river valleys

Habitats : Fens, marshes

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

Larval foodplants : Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Reed Sweet-grass (Glycera maxima) and sedges (Carex), in lower parts of stems

Records : Minsmere (C Anderson 1994-5), Sizewell (D Funnell, 1998), Beccles (N Muddeman 1998, 2000-1), Wortham Ling (M Hall, 1998), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 2003), Barnby (N Muddeman, 2003) Mendlesham (S Woolnough, 14.vi.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Certainly uncommon; usually taken singly :- Ipswich (Ml), one at dusk and one at light in 1895 (Pyett Hemley in 1908 (Wlr); Southwold (Ctw); Beccles (Crf). Two taken at Barnham in 1911 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 22-26mm, female 29-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDonacaula forficella

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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman