The Moths of Suffolk
1485 Phycitodes maritima, (Tengström, 1848)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Coastal habitats

Flight Period : Probably double-brooded; May to August

Larval foodplants : Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), in the stems and flower heads

Morley's Final Catalogue : An apparently scarce coast species, but feeding on common ragwort: Observed at Southwold in both 1891 and 1897 by Canon C. T. Crutwell of Denton in Norfolk; and before 1890 at Lowestoft by Dr. Crowfoot.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultHomoeosoma nimbella
Phycitodes binaevella
Phycitodes saxicola

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Eye (19.v.2004) © Paul Kitchener

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
Female, confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Confirmed by gen.det. by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman