The Moths of Suffolk
1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, primarily coastal

Habitats : Coastal vegetated shingle banks, fens and heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to early July

Larval foodplants : Restharrow (Ononis repens) and Spiny Restharrow (O. spinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : So inattentively have our Plumes been worked that this ubiquitous Restharrow-feeder had not been noticed in the County till 1903 when Gibbs found it at Felixstow (EMM. 1904, 80).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Aldeburgh (24.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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On restharrow - Dunwich (1.vi.2005) © A Prichard
On restharrow - Dunwich (1.vi.2005) © A Prichard
Dunwich (24.vi.2003) © A Prichard
 
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Blakenham Chalk Pit, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman
Disturbed from Rest Harrow - Lynford, Norfolk (1.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Fritton, Suffolk (15.vii.2013) © Keith Knights