The Moths of Suffolk
2219 Striped Lychnis, Shargacucullia lychnitis, Rambur, 1833

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Roadside verges, chalky embankments, downland, and waste places

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Dark Mullein and White Mullein, feeding mainly on the flowers

Morley's Final Catalogue : No records exist since Bloomfield instances it in 1890 as having occurred at Woolpit, sec. the Revd. Harpur Crewe, and Beccles, sec. Dr. W. M. Crowfoot, till 1934 when Mr. Burton took one at light in Holton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 42-47mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMullein, Shargacucullia verbasci

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ex-larva - Buckinghamshire (19.v.2008) © Lee Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Buckinghamshire (viii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Buckinghamshire (7.viii.2005) © M Deans
Found on Dark Mullein flowerhead - Hampshire (14.viii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ex larva found August 2011, hatched May 2013 - Hampshire (2013) © Neil Sherman
Ex larva found August 2011, hatched May 2013 - Hampshire (2013) © Neil Sherman