The Moths of Suffolk
144 Nemophora fasciella, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Recent records have occurred where foodplant has been growing in hedgerows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early August

Larval foodplants : Black Horehound (Ballota nigra)

Records : Waldringfield (A P Waller, 1.vii.1952 & 31.vii.1952), Witnesham (A Watchman, 4.vii.1987), Sudbourne (H Mendel, 2.viii.1991), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 16.vii.1995), Little Blakenham (P Wilkins, 2005-7, 2009), Ipswich (N Sherman, vi.2006), Bromeswell (A Watchman, 7.vi.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local among Ballota nigra. Ipswich (Garrett) several imagines in Bramford marshes on hemlock in July 1894-9 (Mly); Orford in July 1902 (Gibbs); Aldeburgh (Hele) and one taken there (Ctw).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-16mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNemophora minimella
Nemophora cupriacella
Adela cuprella

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Female. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male, found on Oxeye daisy flowerhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman