The Moths of Suffolk
1432 Anerastia lotella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, coastal areas and Brecks

Habitats : Coastal sandhills

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

Larval foodplants : various grasses, Marram (Ammophila arenaria) and Sheep's Fescue (Festuca ovina), in the root-stocks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a local and uncommon species with us. Restricted on the east to the coast-sands at Felixstow cliffs (Mly), Hemley in 1904 (Wlr), Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw), Kessingland, Lowestoft, &c, to Yarmouth denes in 1933. Sotterly at light in June 1936 (Gd). And in the north-west to the Breck at Tuddenham, Brandon sandhills, &c. Sizewell shore in 1937 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-27mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPima boisduvaliella

Compare confusion species
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Southwold (2.vii.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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100 16 4

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Southwold (2.vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Southwold (2.vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (2.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (9.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Southwold, Suffolk (30.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Southwold, Suffolk (28.vi.2012) © A Prichard
 
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First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman