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Scrobipalpa nitentella
Common Sea Groundling

(Fuchs, 1902)815 / 35.115

Morley’s Final Catalogue: A species new to Science, mixed with the last one (cf. Trans. 1934, p. cxcvi), occurring in the salt-marshes of the River Deben at Waldringfield, &c. (Waller); larva; in spun galleries among seeds of Chenopodium and Suaeda (Whittingham; cf. Entom. 1935, 97).

Recent Status: A salt-marsh species, common on the southern marshes.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during June, July and August. The larvae feed on Atriplex, Beta maritima, Chenopodium, Salicornia, Sarcocornia and Suaeda maritima. The feeding method varies according to the foodplant. They will initially mine and then feed externally. They pupate on the ground and pass the winter in the pupal stage.

Identification: More Info for Scrobipalpa identification.
More Info for genitalia dissection and imagine photos. More Info for larval feeding.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2003.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Havergate Island - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
04/08/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
23/07/2020125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
17/07/2020125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
16/07/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
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Wingspan: 12-15mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   goosefoot or annual sea-blite,
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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