The Moths of Suffolk
1508 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common

Habitats : Grassland and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : scabious (Knautia)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably common everywhere among scabious in July. Monks Soham, occasionally at light, and not uncommon in Blythburgh Wood in September (Mly); Lowestoft (Bd). Taken at Brandon by Barrett, who also there found the Var. plagiodactyla, Stn., which Williams records further from Elveden.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-25mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultStenoptilia zophodactylus
Stenoptilia pterodactyla

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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