The Moths of Suffolk
1488 Agdistis bennetii, (Curtis, 1833)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally abundant in coastal saltmarshes, occasional wanderers can occur far inland

Habitats : Coastal saltmarsh

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-May to early July and mid-July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare)

Morley's Final Catalogue : First found in Suffolk at Ipswich electric lights on 16 August 1895 (Mly); and subsequently no nearer than Hemley at light in July and September (Wlr, EMM. 1902, 247), where it is abundant in August among sea-lavender, on which plant the larva was found beside the Blyth River at Walberswick in September 1933 (Blair). Common at Southwold in 1897 (Ctw).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 24-30mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAgdistis meridionalis

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Great Cornard (vii.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva on Sea-lavender - Southwold (23.iv.2003) © A Prichard
Larva on Sea-lavender - Southwold (23.iv.2003) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2003) © Neil Sherman
 
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Group on egg box from trap placed on saltmarsh - Orfordness, Suffolk (24.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Early instar larva found on sea-lavender stem - Boyton, Suffolk (11.ix.2006) © A Prichard