The Moths of Suffolk
1483 Phycitodes binaevella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Heathland, fens, marshes and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), in the seed-heads

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means rare, in east or west. Felixstow, Bawdsey and near Hemley (EMM. 1904, 80); Orford in July 1902 (Gibbs), Aldeburgh (Ctw) and Southwold in 1933 (Wlr), Benacre 1936 (Gd). Near Timworth in 1911 (Nurse); Tuddenham (Wrt), two specimens in July 1903 (Sparke); Brandon (Barrett). At Monks Soham light in August 1953 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-27mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultHomoeosoma nebulella
Phycitodes maritima

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (13.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener