The Moths of Suffolk
1332 Scoparia subfusca, Haworth, 1811

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and uncommon

Habitats : Woodland and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Ox-tongue (Picris) and sometimes Colt's-foot (Tussilago farfara), in the roots

Morley's Final Catalogue : No more than rather local. Occasionally at Ipswich lights in 1896 (Pyett, Mly); Felixstow in July 1902 (Gibbs); Aldringham, Blythburgh Wood and at Monks Soham light (Mly.), Stowmarket (B); Dunwich (Gd), Beecles (Crf), Barnby Broad in August (Mly). Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-27mm


Confusion species
    AdultScoparia pyralellaScoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalisScoparia ancipitella
Eudonia pallidaEudonia alpina
Dipleurina lacustrataEudonia murana
Eudonia truncicolellaEudonia lineola
Eudonia angusteaEudonia delunella
Eudonia mercurella

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Eye, Suffolk (2.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Orfordness, Suffolk (3.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman