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Mompha ochraceella
Buff Mompha
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Mompha epilobiella
Common Mompha

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)893 / 40.010

Morley’s Final Catalogue: An abundant kind on the common Willowherb everywhere. Noted at Ipswich, Foxhall, Felixstow, freely at Monks Soham light, Hacheston, Leiston, Blythburgh Wood, Lowestoft. Frostenden 1936 (H. F. Allen).

Recent Status: The commonest Mompha species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that hibernates and can be found throughout the year. The larvae feed from spun shoots of leaves of Epilobium hirsutum. They pupate in the larval habitation else in another folded leaf.

Identification: The moth is marked with a mix of shades of brown. There may also be blackish scales patches along the costa or at the dorsal scale tufts. The only similar species is the larger M. ochraceella which is a brighter yellowish ochre.

Recorded in 26 (45%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1936.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/01/2021125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
02/01/2021125TM14 - Ipswich
08/12/2020125TM14 - Ipswich
07/11/2020125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
24/10/2020125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Wingspan: 10-13mm
Flight: All year. (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Great Willowherb, Broad-leaved Willowherb, Marsh Willowherb
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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