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Ypsolopha sylvella
Wood Smudge (Linnaeus, 1767)
Ypsolophidae: Ypsolophinae
459 / 17.009
Photo © Helen McClennon-Warnock,  28/09/2020 - The Thicks, Staverton

Similar Suffolk Species
Barred Smudge
Ypsolopha alpella
Plain Smudge
Ypsolopha lucella
Wingspan: 17-19mm
Flight: July - Oct.
Foodplant:   Oak.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley’s Final Catalogue: A very local species on Oak. Taken only at Leiston, before 1890 (Hon Beatrice de Grey)

Recent Status: Uncommon in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from June to September. The larvae feed from a slight spinning on leaves of deciduous Quercus. They pupate in a pale brown cocoon on the ground or the trunk of the tree.

Identification: The moth is a broad winged Ypsolopha in light buff strigulated ochre, with two ochre fasciae from the dorsum reaching beyond half way across the wing and usually reaching the costa. The moth is similar to Y. alpella but a deeper colour and with longer fascia. More Info

Recorded in 14 (24%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1977.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
28/09/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
22/09/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
15/09/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
14/09/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
Further info: Ypsolopha sylvella
 
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