The Moths of Suffolk
1510 Merrifieldia leucodactyla, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Grassland on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Thyme (Thymus drucei)

Records : Sicklesmere (S Dumican, 3.viii.2002)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered among thyme at Barton Mills in July 1896 (A.Waters, Entom. March 1897); one in Suffolk on Newmarket Heath (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-25mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMerrifieldia tridactyla
Merrifieldia baliodactylus

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Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire (17.vi.2007) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Flushed from grass sward with lots of Thyme present - Kom mountain, Bulgaria (6.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman