The Moths of Suffolk
1464 Gymnancyla canella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Coastal sandhills

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Prickly Saltwort (Salsola kali), in stems and on seedheads

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2001-2 & 2004), Orfordness (J Askins 2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local on our coast in June and July, and apparently very rare for none have occurred since the species was first discovered here among Salsola Kali at Leiston before 1890 by the Hon. Beatrice de Grey. It extends no further north in England.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-25mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Bawdsey, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans