Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.

Similar Suffolk Species
Eucosma lacteana
Maritime Bell
Approx Length (c. 8.5mm) Wingspan (13 - 17 mm)
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Eucosma tripoliana
Saltmarsh Bell

(Barrett, 1880)1193 / 49.272

Morley’s Final Catalogue: A hundred times as plentiful as the last kind (E. lacteana) in the saltmarshes of Waldringfield and Shingle-street in Holleslev, 1928-35 (Whit, Wir); Southwold in 1897 (Ctw).

Recent Status: A common species on Suffolk salt-marsh that wanders. Morley in 1937 records this species as E. aemulana owing to nomenclature confusion at this time. There is no evidence that E aemulana as distinct from E. tripoliana has been recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from July to early September. The larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Aster tripolium. They hibernate in a cocoon on the ground in which they pupate.

Identification: The moth is quite variable but generally shows a clear dorsal patch, ocellus with black dashes and costal strigulae. More Info

Recorded in 11 (19%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1928.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/09/2021125TM44 - Orford Ness
03/09/2021125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
02/09/2021125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
20/08/2021125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
19/08/2021125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Wingspan: 13 - 17 mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   Sea-aster.
Nat Status: Local
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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