The Moths of Suffolk
1345 Elophila nymphaeata, Brown China-mark, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Fens, woodland, marshes

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

Larval foodplants : pondweeds (Potomogeton), Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae), bur-reeds (Sparganium)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Slightly less frequent than the last species (P. stratiotata) from Ipswich marshes to Fritton Lake, where it is taken at both dusk and sugar; females frequent at Monks Soham light from surrounding moat-weeds.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 25-33mm


Confusion species
    AdultNymphula stagnata, Beautiful China-mark

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener