Recent Status: The species has been recorded in Suffolk during 1972, 1977, 2004, 2015 and 2016.
Life Style: A day flying species thought to be double brooded that can be recorded from June to October. The larvae feed on Rumex acetosa and R. acetosella from a web on the stem of the foodplant or plants close by. More Info =
Identification: The adult of this species and S. cicadella are not easily separated in Britain on physical characters. Genitalia dissection images found in MBGBI will indicate the species pair; separation of the females is easier than for the males. More InfoS. potentillella is not so restricted to dry locations nor does it fail to fly above the ground as is the case for S. cicadella. When sweep netting for either species the presence of the relevant larval foodplant is important.
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2004. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats