The Moths of Suffolk
1368 Loxostege sticticalis, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Migrant

Local Status : Migrant and possible resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June, with partial second brood in August and September

Larval foodplants : Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Records : St Olaves (J Crouch, vi.1998), Sizewell (D Funnell vi.1998), Stonham Aspal (J Foster, 1997), Thorpeness (E Patrick 25.ix.2001), Corton (E Patrick 25.ix.2001), Lowestoft (M Deans 23.ix.2001), Rendham (M Deans, 23.ix.2001), Sicklesmere (S Dumican, 1999 & 2001), Mildenhall (Baron de Worms, R F Bretherton & J L Messenger, 15.vi.1963), Weston (M Hall, 6.viii.1964), Eye (P Kitchener, 2001), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh (2001), Brandon (G Austin, 27.ix.2001)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A very local kind. One taken on the Suffolk coast in 1858 (Bree, Ent. Wk. Intell. v, 1858, p. 30); Finborough (teste Bloomfield, presumably by either Bree or Crewe). All our other records are from the Breck : Brandon and Thetford (cf. Wrt, Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 218); in swarms at light, and a few by day, at Brandon during 1888-9 (Vivian); 'several at Tuddenham' in August 1884 (Meek, Ent. xvii, 278), by Sparke in 1900 and constantly found there since that year. Icklingham, Worlington, &c., August 1934 (Mly, D); Mildenhall 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 24-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultUdea olivalis

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Eye (29.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener

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