The Moths of Suffolk
1491 Oxyptilus distans, (Zeller, 1847)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, in the Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Grassland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and mid-July to mid-August

Larval foodplants : hawk-beards (Crepis), hawkweeds (Hieracium) and sow-thistles (Sonchus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local south-English species, confined to sandhills and nowhere so common as upon our Breek, where it was discovered on south side of the river at Thetford and Brandon by Lord Walsingham in July 1868 (Trans. Norf. Soc. i, Suppl. 77). "Almost confined to the Breck sand district and one or two localities in Kent. Tuddenham (Vivian); Elveden (Williams); Brandon (Barrett), &c." - Bloomfield 1890. More than forty examples were captured at Tuddenham in August 1884 (Meek, Ent. xvii, 278). I have taken a few larvae from a species of Crepis, and occasional imagines in widely separated localities in west Suffolk (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221). Worlington and Freckenham in 1932 (Gilles). Many flying just before dusk and by day at Icklingham, Worlington, &c., in August 1934 (Mly, D).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultOxyptilus pilosellae
Oxyptilus parvidactylus

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2010) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day - Barnhamcross common, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman