The Moths of Suffolk
2379 Small Rufous, Coenobia rufa, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, northern river valleys and fens in the Sandlings area

Habitats : Fens, marshes, heathland and wet meadows

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

Larval foodplants : Jointed rush, Sharp-flowered Rush, Soft-rush

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very locally abundant; but rare about Ipswich, at Bixley Decoy (Ml). Henham (1936, Gd), Southwold in 1897 (Ctw), Dunwich and Walberswick (Btn), Lowestoft (Skepper), Beccles (Crf). Tuddenham (Skepper ; no later records from the west).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 22-25mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Wainscot, Chortodes pygmina

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave fen, Suffolk (19.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener