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Mompha lacteella
Rust-blotch Mompha
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Mompha propinquella
Marbled Mompha

(Stainton, 1851)888 / 40.004

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Hemley in 1932 -(Whit.); single example flew in to Monks Soham light during October 1933 (Mly); Timworth (Nurse).

Recent Status: One of the commoner Mompha species in Suffolk.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded flying from June till September and comes to light. The larvae mine a blotch in leaves of Epilobium hirsutum, E. montanuum, E. palustre and E. tetragonum. They pupate in a cocoon in various locations.

Identification: The moth has a white head and thorax when seen from above. There is a white pre-apical patch, The white costal marks beyond the pre-apical patch are set in brown with a black streak mid-termen. These characters separate it from the similar M. lacteella. Freshly emerged specimens may show some ochreous colour on the thorax. The wings are marked in black, grey, white and brown with prominent dorsal scale tufts. More Info

Recorded in 23 (40%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2021126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
13/08/2021126TM04 - Hadleigh
12/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
11/08/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
11/08/2021125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 11-12.5mm
Flight: June - Sept.
Foodplant:   Great Willowherb, Broad-leaved Willowherb
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
     
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