Ypsolophidae : Ochsenheimeriinae
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Photo © David Grundy,  Minsmere, Suffolk. 28 July 2017

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Ochsenheimeria urella
Variable Stem-moth
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Ochsenheimeria taurella
Feathered Stem-moth

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)251 / 17.014

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Sandy places on coast and Breck. Hemley (Mly, Whit.); Leiston (Hkr); Southwold salterns, abundant under ragwort on Gorleston cliff in 1929, Barnby Broad in 1898. Thetford by Mr. C. Dale (Williams); swept on Breck at Elveden in 1933.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk. It is the commonest of the three Ochsenheimeria species In Britain.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying during the middle of the day during June to September. The larvae mine leaves and stems of grasses. They pupate in a white silken cocoon on the foodplant at the base of a leaf.

Identification: O. taurella is the shaggiest and roughest winged of the genus. The antennae of O. taurella have erect scales that are more than three times the width of the flagellum in both sexes at the widest point. O. urella female also has erect scales on the flagellum that are less than three times the width. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1898.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
28/07/2017125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
1933+26TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
1929+25TG50 - Gorleston
1898+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Wingspan: 11-12mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Cock's-foot, Meadow-grass, Foxtail
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 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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