Recent Status: An immigrant species that was first recorded in Suffolk during 2019.
Life Style: A summer flying species. The larvae feed on Andryala integrifolia that does not grow in Britain.
Identification: With the recording of O. laetus in Suffolk, the county possesses three Oxyptilus species. O. parvidactyla is the smallest at 12 to 15 mm wing-span and the scale tooth on the third hindwing lobe is large and long almost reaching the apex. O. distans is 14 to 21mm and O. laetus 14 to 23mm wing-span. Both have the scale tooth remote from the apex of the third hindwing lobe. On wing markings these two can be separated by the presence in O. laetus and absence in O. distans of short dark scales among the short pale ones on the termen of the second lobe of the forewing. More Info
Verification Grade Comment: Scarce immigrant
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2019. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats