Depressariidae : Depressariinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. 4 August 2019

Similar Suffolk Species
Agonopterix ciliella
Large Carrot Flat-body
Agonopterix scopariella
Broom Flat-body
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Agonopterix heracliana
Common Flat-body

(Linnaeus, 1758)688 / 32.018

Morley’s Final Catalogue: The most frequent species of the genus, everywhere during winter. Suffolk (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 201: his ' D. gilvella, Hb.,' cannot be synonymised now). At sugar at Browston and ivy-blossom at Fritton, Frostenden, &c, in late September; constantly at Monks Soham light. Fifty in a small shed at Parham Wood in August 1931.

Recent Status: A very common species across Suffolk.

Life Style: Single brooded, night flying and hibernates. The hibernation is often interrupted by mild winter weather. The moth comes to light and can be found at sugar, rotting fruit, blackberries and ivy. The larvae feed from a spun rolled leaflet on a variety of Apiaceae, leaves, flowers and seeds. Pupates on the ground

Identification: The moth is a rounded termen species. Ochreous and heavily mottled, spotted and shaded fuscous (varying from grey to brown) sometimes so heavily it is almost unicolorous. It has a basal dash with the wing base thorax and head being less marked with fuscous. The termen is spotted. The Agonopterix twin spots are black and white and sometimes joined. They are followed by two similar spots, The suffuse central spot is slight. A. cnicella and A. ciliella can be similar. A. cnicella is restricted to the coast. For the difference from A. ciliella see that species. Some forms can also be similar to A. scopariella. See that species for the difference.

Recorded in 46 (79%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1931.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/02/2021225TG50 - Gorleston
24/02/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
21/02/2021125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
21/02/2021125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
21/02/2021225TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
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Wingspan: 15-21mm
Flight: July - May (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Cow parsley, Rough Chevil, Parsley.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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