The Moths of Suffolk
2345 Small Dotted Buff, Photedes minima, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and low density

Habitats : Fens, open woodland, scrub, heathy areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to late August

Larval foodplants : Tufted Hair-grass

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite local, but broad spread and by no means rare. Raydon Wood (Baylis); Ipswich (Ml); Playford (Gr); singly at Felixstow and Hemley in 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80); Wangford (Crf); Bungay (Mn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-14mm, Wingspan male 25-30mm, female 20-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMiddle-barred Minor, Oligia fasciuncula
Cloaked Minor, Mesoligia furuncula

Compare confusion species
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Eye, Suffolk (15.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (28.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans