The Moths of Suffolk
1344 Eudonia mercurella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, grassland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : various mosses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a common species round Ipswich and Gorleston, at Dennington, light at Monks Soham, and sometimes at sugar. Barrett has taken the Var. phaeoleuca, Stn,. at Brandon before 1890.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 16-19mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScoparia subfuscaScoparia pyralella
Scoparia ambigualisScoparia basistrigalis
Scoparia ancipitellaEudonia pallida
Eudonia alpinaDipleurina lacustrata
Eudonia muranaEudonia truncicolella
Eudonia lineolaEudonia angustea
Eudonia delunella

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2011) © Neil Sherman
New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener