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Ypsolopha horridella
Dark Smudge

Treitschke, 1835456 / 17.006

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded flying from June to September. The larvae feed on Malus species and Prunus spinosa in a slight web. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The moth is dark fuscous with a purple sheen and a brown central suffusion. There are three black scale tufts above the dorsum and three lines of black dots terminally. The apex is produced resulting in a concave termen. The ground colour and intensity varies from grey to brown.

Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1979.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2020125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
20/08/2018125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
06/08/2018125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
24/07/2018125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
14/08/2015125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Copyright © Jim Wheeler 2020

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Wingspan: 16-21mm
Flight: July to August
Foodplant:   Apple, Blackthorn.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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