The Moths of Suffolk
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, grassland, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; June to early August and September to October

Larval foodplants : decaying vegetable refuse, haystacks, thatchm witches' brooms, bird's nests, dreys, piles of leaves and mowings

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local, but not uncommon. Since 1890 observed at Ipswich where it is frequent (Pyett, Bp.), and abundantly at Monks Soham light during July and August 1904-37 (Mly). Cavenham in 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 23-31mm


Confusion species
    AdultPyralis farinalis, Meal Moth

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Eye (9.viii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard (vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener