The Moths of Suffolk
1756 Northern Spinach, Eulithis populata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Uncertain, locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Moorland, heathland and open, upland woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Bilberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Despite Bloomfield's scepticism (Lep. Suff., p. 56) of this species' occurrence here, on account of its 'generally northern' range (it was plentiful in Somerset in July 1933 !), that we possess it is confirmed by its recent capture in Blythburgh Wood (Morley). Hence we may reinstate the ante-1890 records from Playford (Greene, the last man likely to mistake such an insect), Stowmarket (Stainton's Manual and Crewe), Bury and Tuddenham (Wratislaw). In Norfolk, cf. Norf. Nat. Trans. i, 1874, 26.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-18mm, Wingspan 33-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDark Spinach, Pelurga comitata
Chevron, Eulithis testata
Spinach, Eulithis mellinata

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Tromiebridge Meadow, Inverness-shire (16.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wales (2.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Wales (2.vii.2005) © M Deans
Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Tromiebridge meadows, Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Tromiebridge meadows Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (5.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
Lynachlaggan Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (3.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman