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Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Beet Moth (Boyd, 1858)
Gelechiidae: Gelechiinae
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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Shottisham, 17 August 2019

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 13 mm
Flight: summer
Foodplant:   Beta vulgaris
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Shingle-street in Hollesley at the beginning of June 1936 (Whittingham).

Recent Status: Surprisingly few records for a species that is common on Suffolk salt-marshes.

Life Style: The moth is double brooded and can be found from May to October. The larvae feed on Beta vulgaris. They mine and feed externally on stems, leaves and buds. The larvae pass the winter in a stem. On salt-marsh Beta vulgaris is Sea Beet. Beetroot, Chard and Sugar Beet are also Beta vulgaris.

Identification: More Info for Scrobipalpa identification. This species can usually be identified from the appearance of the moth.
More Info for genitalia dissection.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1936.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/09/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
03/09/2020125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
20/08/2020525TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
23/06/2020225TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
07/10/2019+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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