The Moths of Suffolk
1453 Pima boisduvaliella, (Guenée, 1845)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to coastal areas, not uncommon where it occurs

Habitats : Coastal vegetated shingle banks

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

Larval foodplants : Sea Pea (Lathyrus japonicus), also Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and Spiny Restharrow (Ononis spinosa), in the seed pods

Morley's Final Catalogue : A coast-sandhills species, extending north only to Norfolk. Of extreme rarity with us, apparently; not re-discovered here since two or three examples, including Curtis' type, were captured by Mr. H. F. Farr at the Lowestoft north lighthouse during early June 1840 (Ann. Nat. Hist. ii, vol. v, p. 110), till 1934 when the Bishop bred a specimen from pea-pods collected recently on the Shingle-street beach at Hollesley: cf. EMM. 1882, 217.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultPleurota bicostella
Anerastia lotella

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Orfordness, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (26.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (8.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener