The Moths of Suffolk
1333 Scoparia pyralella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, woodland, scrub and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Decaying plant material, possibly also roots of Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and other plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant on tree-trunks, &c, throughout the County; Monks Soham light. The Var. ingratella, Kngs., occurs very rarely at Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScoparia subfuscaScoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalisScoparia ancipitella
Eudonia pallidaEudonia alpina
Dipleurina lacustrataEudonia murana
Eudonia truncicolellaEudonia lineola
Eudonia angusteaEudonia delunella
Eudonia mercurella

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Eye, Suffolk (2.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Elveden, Thetford forest, Suffolk (11.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman