The Moths of Suffolk
2225 Minor Shoulder-knot, Brachylomia viminalis, (Fabricius, 1777)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread at low density

Habitats : Wet woodland, marshland, fens, heathland and other damp areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Grey Willow, also other willows and aspen

Morley's Final Catalogue : Surprisingly infrequent; usually singly. Ipswich, Needham, Stowmarket (ante 1890). Belstead in 1895 (Hkg) ; Bentley Woods and two in Ipswich (Baylis); a very few at electric light there in 1893-5 (Mly), and one in 1901 (Pyett).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultUnion Rustic, Eremobina pabulatricula
Marbled Minor, Oligia strigilis
Rufous Minor, Oligia versicolor
Tawny Marbled Minor, Oligia latruncula

Compare confusion species
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Kent (16.vii.2005) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Las Descargues, France. (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman
Great Cornard, Suffolk (27.vii.2008) © Stuart Read
Ex larva found in June - Wolves wood, Suffolk (vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Beaten at night from Sallow - Wolves wood, Suffolk (1.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman