The Moths of Suffolk
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, heathland and other open habitats

Flight Period : Double-brooded; July and September to May, hibernating over the winter

Larval foodplants : various plants, including Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), restharrows (Ononis), mints (Mentha), goosefoot (Chenopodium), heathers (Calluna and Erica) and cranesbill (Geranium), on the flowers and seed-heads

Records : Dunwich (SMG, 12.viii.2000), Long Melford (D Underwood 4.iv.2002), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 9.vii.2003), Great Cornard (S Rad 17.ix.2003 & 21.viii.2004), Bawdsey (M Deans 28.iii.2004), Eye (P Kitchener 2.ix.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local by the sea and in the Breck; probably common on our coast. Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw) ; Leiston (Grey); Monks Soham garden on ivy-flower on 12 October 1931, Southwold in August 1898 (Mly); Lowestoft (Bd, Gd); Bungay (Mn). Tuddenham (A. Waters).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultAmblyptilia punctidactyla

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found inside house - Thetford, Norfolk ( © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ii.2012) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
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Flushed from Heather by day - Blar Mor, Inverness-shire (9.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman