The Moths of Suffolk
2304 Orache Moth, Trachea atriplicis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Rare immigrant; former resident; resident Channel Islands

Local Status : Immigrant, former resident (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Single-brooded; most British records have been in July and August

Larval foodplants : Oraches, goosefoots, Knotgrass and other low growing plants

Records : St Olaves (H Jenner, 4.vii.1984), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 1.vii.1997 & 2002)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Continues to be very rare, and to occur but singly. Playford (Revd. Joseph Greene) ; Aldeburgh (Dr. Hele); one in a garden at Stowmarket in 1915 (Platten). Brandon (Dr. Wheeler of Norwich and T. Brown of Cambridge).

Wingspan details : Forewing 20-22mm, Wingspan 39-52mm


Confusion species
    AdultGuernsey Underwing, Polyphaenis sericata

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France (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart

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Further Photographs

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France ( © Lee Gregory
Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Strandzha, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman