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Scrobipalpa acuminatella
Pointed Groundling (Sircom, 1850)
Gelechiidae: Gelechiinae
822 / 35.109
Photo © Steve Woolnough,  8th August 2019 Mendlesham Green

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 10-14mm
Flight: Recorded from April-July in Norfolk
Foodplant:   various thistles
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Local among thistles. Leiston (Grey); Southwold (Ctw); many Aying in Monks Soham paddock on 14 May 1933 (Mly). Cavenham in June 1936 (Gd).

Recent Status: A common species across Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found from April to September and comes to light. The larvae mine leaves of Carduus and Cirsium. They pupate on the ground.

Identification: More Info for Scrobipalpa identification.
The larvae create a slightly branched mine down the centre of a leaf. More Info to view leaf mine. More Info to view genitalia dissection.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 20 (34%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/06/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/06/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
20/06/2021225TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
19/06/2021325TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
17/10/2020126TL77 - Mildenhall
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