The Moths of Suffolk
2211 Wormwood, Cucullia absinthii, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Various - wherever the foodplant occurs including fens and coastal vegetated shingle

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature states July to mid-August, all recent Suffolk records in July

Larval foodplants : Flowers and seeds of Wormwood and Mugwort

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very local along our more southern coast. Erwarton (C); also Mr. Crewe found larvae on Artemisia vulgaris at Shotley near Landguard Fort" (sic: Harwood); Orford during 1903 (Gibbs); Aldeburgh (L), imagines at larkspur flowers (Hele) and larvae there in 1900 (G. F. Mathews).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 37-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Wormwood, Cucullia artemisiae
Cudweed, Cucullia gnaphalii

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Lakenheath (18.vii.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Found at night on Wormwood - Aldeburgh, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Bradwell, Suffolk (17.vii.2013) © Keith Knights