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Bryotropha terrella
Cinerous Neb ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Gelechiidae: Anomologinae
787 / 35.040
Photo © Richard Stace,  05/06/2020 - Rushmere St Andrew IP5

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Wingspan: 14 - 16.5mm
Flight: May - August.
Foodplant:   Common Bent , Moss.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley’s Final Catalogue: In the utmost profusion everywhere among dry grasses from Foxhall to both Lowestoft and Brandon. At Monks Soham light.

Recent Status: The commonest species of the genus in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that can be found from May till August. The larvae feed from a strong silken tube on a variety of mosses and grasses over the winter period. They pupate in a tough cocoon in the larval habitation.

Identification: The moth is a larger Bryotropha with a variable colouring and markings. Generally showing the ‘bryotropha’ spots, a sub-terminal fascia and spots around the wing tip. The colour can vary from very dark fuscous, through shades of brown and grey to cream. The latter particularly common on the coast. More Info

Recorded in 35 (60%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/09/2021125TG50 - Gorleston
19/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/08/2021125TG50 - Gorleston
14/08/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
13/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
Further info: Bryotropha terrella
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