The Moths of Suffolk
1414 Synaphe punctalis, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to the Sandlings, with occasional records elsewhere

Habitats : Heathland, coastal vegetated shingle, fens, gardens and grassland

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

Larval foodplants : various mosses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local with us and not a coast-species, though it runs here only up our shore. Locally plentiful at Felixstow in July 1901 (Pyett); common on the salt river-bank at Hemley in 1907 (Wlr) Orford, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Southwold in 1897 (Ctw), Lowestoft; several at light in Fritton marshes, July 1936 (D). Unrecorded from anywhere inland or the Breck.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-27mm


Confusion species
    AdultDolicharthria punctalis

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Landguard, Felixstowe (19.viii.2000) © Paul Kitchener

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Further Photographs

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Southwold (2.vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Tunstall Common, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener