Morley’s Final Catalogue: Frequent everywhere, in pea-pods. Bentley Woods, abundant on butter-burr at Monks Soham but never flies to light; Ipswich, Hollesley, Hacheston, Leiston, Walberswick, Yarmouth.
Recent Status: A common species but not with a great many records in Suffolk.
Life Style: A double brooded species that flies by day and occasionally comes to light. They fly from May to September. The larvae feed on the seeds of Vicia, Lathyrus and Pisum. Larvae pass the winter underground in a hibernaculum. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.
Identification: The moth has grey brown forewings with the scales tipped with ochre. There are a number of white or cream, mostly paired, costal strigulae from which arise oblique narrow plumbeous striae and between which are dark brown or black striae. The ocellus has black marks and is edged plumbeous. The moths fly by day. If you grow garden peas you are likely to find the moth flying around them when they are in flower. The ‘Pea Moth’ larvae also feed on the seeds of wild species. More Info
Recorded in 12 (21%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1974. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats