The Moths of Suffolk
1371 Sitochroa verticalis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised primarily to the Brecks and south Sandlings, can be common where it occurs

Habitats : Grassland, woodland, fens and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to July, partial second brood August to September

Larval foodplants : various herbaceous plants including Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), goosefoot (Atriplex), dock (Rumex), Perennial Wall-rocket (Diplotaxis tennuifolia), Teucrium And Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not general, but locally common. Noticed since 1890 at only Bentley Woods in September, obviously a second brood in 1895, and Ipswich electric lights (Mly); Aldeburgh and Southwold (Ctw). Abundant in clover-fields at Brandon in mid-June 1899.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 30-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultParatalanta pandalis, Bordered Pearl
Paratalanta hyalinalis
Ostrinia nubilalis, European Corn-borer

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (17.vi.2006) © Stuart Read
Ipswich, Suffolk (6.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (7.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener