Gelechiidae : Anomologinae
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Bryotropha affinis
Dark Neb
Bryotropha similis
Obscure Neb
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Bryotropha umbrosella
Sandhill Neb

(Zeller, 1839)778 / 35.048

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Foxhall in May 1896; and on lime in Monks Soham garden in May 1913 (Mly); Brandon (Wrn), on the open Breck in June 1903-9; and Tuddenham in July 1903 (Mly, EMM. 1904, 80).

Recent Status: There are few Suffolk records, recent records are coastal.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying May to August during day and night and comes to light. Primarily a coastal species in the UK. The larvae feed from a flimsy extensive and branched silken tube covered with sand grains and moss, on the moss Ceratodon purpureus and possibly also on Festuca species. They feed from February to April and pupate in a cocoon spun of silk and moss.

Identification: This species shows the ‘bryotropha’ spots that may include a white spot and has prominent opposed white or cream spots at three quarters that do not normally join. It has brown or ferruginous palps. The wing colour is normally dark but a pale variant exists. The species can be identified from the description but in doubt a genitalia dissection can confirm. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1896.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
03/07/2015125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
02/09/2014+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
16/08/2003125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
May 1913+25TM26 - Framlingham/Dennington
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 9.5 - 11.5mm.
Flight: May - Aug.
Foodplant:   Mosses
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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