The Moths of Suffolk
1494 Capperia britanniodactyla, (Gregson, 1869)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, in the Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland and grassland

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

Larval foodplants : Wood-sage (Teucrium scorodonia)

Records : West Stow (C Smith 1985), Dunwich (B Statham 5.vii.1998), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman 1999-2004), Elveden (A Prichard 2001, B Statham 2003, P Sterling 2004), Staverton (SMG, Knettishall Heath (M Hall 5.vii.2001), Tangham (SMG 10.vii.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bentley during 1934 (Bp). Found to be local at Brandon, the larvae feeding on young shoots of Teucrium scorodonia (South, Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-21mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wilted shoot of Wood Sage after larva has nibbled stem - Ipswich (10.v.2002) © A Prichard
Found on wilted stem of Wood Sage - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
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Herringfleet, Suffolk ( © Keith Knights