The Moths of Suffolk
1429 Melissoblaptes zelleri, (Joannis, 1932)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, coastal areas

Habitats : Coastal sandhills

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : the moss Brachythecium albicans

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh 1997, 2000-4), Sizewell (SMG, 5.viii.2000), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 2003), Bawdsey (M Deans 11.viii.2004), Thorpeness (J Langmaid, vii.1985)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Mr. A. E. Gibbs of St. Albans was so fortunate as to take a series of this genus, under the above specific name, at Felixstow in 1901, and more in 1903 (Trans. 1, 33). All British specimens are referred by Meyrick in 1927, p. 40 1, to M. bipunctanus, Zell.: if that be correct in the present instance, Corcyra cephalonica, Stn., is the sole indigenous Galleriid unknown in Suffolk.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-37mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAphomia sociella, Bee Moth
Paralipsa gularis, Stored Nut Moth

Compare confusion species
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Female - Landguard, Felixstowe (30.vi.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Bawdsey, Suffolk (30.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans
 
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (20.vi.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (4.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener