The Moths of Suffolk
1865 Broom-tip, Chesias rufata, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly localised to heathy areas; Sandlings and Brecks

Habitats : Heathland, breckland, grassland and other areas Broom grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to July, occasional records earlier and later in the year

Larval foodplants : Broom

Morley's Final Catalogue : Also among broom, but wider spread and less numerous than the last kind. Tattingstone (Bp.), Bentley (Gibbs) rare at light in Ipswich (as early as 23 April in 1895), Hogs Highland (as late as 3 August in 1894), Playford, Waldringfield,.Aldeburgh; one at light on 18 July 1914 in Monks Soham, where is no broom for miles round (Mly) ; Creeting hills (D), Needham, Stowmarket; Tuddenham (Bloomfield, Sparke), Downham, Brandon (Barrett, Norf. Nat. Soc. i, p. 27). Unnoted in north-east.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 34-36mm


Confusion species
    AdultStreak, Chesias legatella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman