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Agonopterix conterminella
Sallow Flat-body
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Agonopterix liturosa
Large Purple Flat-body

(Haworth, 1811)709 / 32.008

Morley’s Final Catalogue: A few bred from St. John’s-wort at Timworth in 1910 (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221). Shrubland in 1931 (Whit).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk

Life Style: A single brooded late summer species. Night flying and comes to light. The larvae feed from a spun shoot on Hypericum species. Pupates on the ground.

Identification: This species has a striking appearance. The colour is a varied balance between a purplish grey at the wing base and costa to reddish ochre at the dorsum and termen. It is variable marked with scattered whitish scales. The Agonopterix twin spots are represented by a large comma shaped spot. Black termen spots may be confluent. The top of the head and thorax are pale in sharp contrast to the sides and general wing colour though this may also be darker and match the contrast between the two wing colours. There is no confusion species in Suffolk. More Info

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1910.
Last Recorded in 2017.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/2017125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
04/08/2003125TM17 - Eye/Hoxne
21/09/2001126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
28/07/2001+26TL88 - Thetford
08/08/1997126TL94 - Lavenham/Boxford
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Wingspan: 17-20 mm
Flight: July to August
Foodplant:   St. Johns-wort
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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