The Moths of Suffolk
1387 Nascia cilialis, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens and marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early July

Larval foodplants : various sedges (Cladium mariscus, Carex riparia and other Carex)

Aston's Additions : Brandon in S.W. wind (Entomologist lxxiv, 171 and Trans. S.N.S., Vol. IV, pt. IV, p. 267). Messrs. P. J. Burton and C. Morley took the species at light at midnight on in Thelnetham Fen (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VI, pt. I, p. 56). Messrs. C. Morley and P. J. Burton took cilialis in Flixton Marsh on June 10th, 1948, and on Kessingland Denes on (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VI, pt. III, p. 250). Well established in marshes near Waldringfield on 26th June, 1959, and seen there by Mr. Alfred Waller (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. III, P. 257). July 1960, at Walberswick one specimen taken by Professor J. V. Dacie (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. V, p. 401).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 24-27mm


Confusion species
    AdultAntigastra catalaunalis

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Wicken Fen (vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © Neil Sherman
Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Scale Marshes,St Olaves, Suffolk ( © Keith Knights