The Moths of Suffolk
1757 Spinach, Eulithis mellinata, (Fabricius, 1787)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread at low density

Habitats : Gardens, woodland and rough grassy areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Black Currant and Red Currant

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed, and usually frequent. Copdock, Ipswich, Swefling, Farnham, Aldeburgh, Beccles, Gorleston; Stowmarket, Bury, Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 33-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultChevron, Eulithis testata
Northern Spinach, Eulithis populata
Barred Straw, Eulithis pyraliata
Barred Straw, Eulithis pyraliata

Compare confusion species

Click to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
100 52 7

Life history chart
ova ova ova larva larvapupa pupaimago imago imago ova ova ova ova

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size image
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (9.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener