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Ochsenheimeria urella
Variable Stem-moth (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1842)
Ypsolophidae: Ochsenheimeriinae
252 / 17.015
Photo © Allan Eaton,  Kessingland 22/08/2019

Similar Suffolk Species
Feathered Stem-moth
Ochsenheimeria taurella
Wingspan: 9-12mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Couch, Brome, other grasses
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Swept from Hypericum in Bentley Woods on 3 August 1896; Corton cliff in August 1908 (Mly); Blundeston marshes 1936 (D). One at Tuddenham on the Breck in July 1896 (A. Waters); Worlington in 1934 (Whit.).

Recent Status: There are no recent records.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in the morning sunshine during July to September. The larvae mine leaves and stems of grasses. They pupate in a white silken cocoon on the foodplant between leaves.

Identification: O. urella has shaggy scales wings but no so strongly as O. taurella does. The antennae of the female have erect scales on the flagellum that are less than three times the width of the flagellum and the male has the flagellum thickened with appressed scales. O urella is overall paler than the other Ochsenheimeria species. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1896.
Last Recorded in 1936.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1936+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
1934+26TL67 - Beck Row
August 1908+25TM59 - Lowestoft
03/08/1896+25TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
July 1896126TL77 - Mildenhall
Further info: Ochsenheimeria urella
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