The Moths of Suffolk
1749 Dark Spinach, Pelurga comitata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Fens, woodland, scrub, grasslands

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

Larval foodplants : Flowers and seeds of goosefoots and oraches

Morley's Final Catalogue : Widely distributed and not infrequent. Fairly common around Ipswich, sometimes (Baylis, Pyett) at light there; Aldeburgh, Southwold, Beccles, Bungay and frequent at Gorleston. Bury, Tuddenham, Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 33-39mm


Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Spinach, Eulithis populata
Spinach, Eulithis mellinata

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Cambridgeshire (vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ramparts Field, Suffolk (10.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (13.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
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Aldeburgh, Suffolk (17.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman