The Moths of Suffolk
1462 Pempeliella dilutella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to July

Larval foodplants : Wild Thyme (Thymus drucei)

Records : Eye (P Kitchener 1998), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman,, Westleton (B Statham vii.1998), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2000), West Stow (S Read, 12.vii.2002), Icklingham (S Clancy 27.vii.2004), Wordwell (SMG 17.vii.2004 & 9.vii.2005), Lakenheath (B Statham, vi.1994)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably not uncommon among thyme, though unknown here in 1890. Taken at Bungay light in 1906 (Mn).. Framlingham butts in July 192.2 (Mly) ; Gorleston in 1932, and not rare at light beside Fritton Lake in early August 1934 (D.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultPempeliella ornatella

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Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ramparts Field, Suffolk ( © Stuart Read
Wordwell, Kings forest, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman