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Approx Length (c. 11mm) Wingspan (15-22mm)
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Cnephasia longana
Long-winged Shade

(Haworth, 1811)1016 / 49.057

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Much most prevalent on the coast-sands with us Felixstow (Gbs), Aldeburgh and Southwold (Ctw. EMM. xxvii, 50), abundant at both Thorpe and Sizewell (Mly), Leiston (Hkr), Lowestoft (Bd) and rare on Gorleston palings (D). Also common on the Breck sands in 1885 (Farren, Ent. 1886, 108). Sometimes rarely inland: Bentley Woods in 1896 and Ipswich in 1901 (Pyett); a single female only at Monks Soham light, on 13 August.

Recent Status: A common species. The moth also arrives as an immigrant boosting coastal records in some years

Life Style: A single brooded summer flying species that comes to light. The newly hatched larvae hibernate. In spring they feed on the flowers and shoots of a variety of herbaceous plants.

Identification: Unlike other members of the Cnephasia this species is not grey. It is sexually dimorphic. The males are a uniform bright pale orange brown. The females are cream with an orange brown specific patterning of blotches.

Recorded in 41 (71%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1896.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2021125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
05/08/2021125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
02/08/2021125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
31/07/2021+25TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
24/07/2021+25TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 15-22mm
Flight: Jun - Aug.
Foodplant:   Various herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2022. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022
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