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Approx Length (c. 8mm) Wingspan (14-16mm)
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Phtheochroa sodaliana
Buckthorn Conch

(Haworth, 1811)923 / 49.094

Morley’s Final Catalogue: One specimen captured at Tuddenham in July 1903; larva; feed in buckthorn fruit (E. G. J. Sparke).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk currently found in Breckland.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies from late May to early July and comes to light. The larvae feed on the berries of Rhamnus by spinning several together. A purple one in a group of green shows the presence of the larva. They hibernate fully fed in a cocoon on the lower part of the tree where they later pupate.

Identification: A white winged species marked with black scales. They form a suffuse central band broken before the costa and a suffused darker terminal third. Before the break in the central band there are solid black marks. Beyond this in the terminal third are three rows of short black marks the last series on the termen. There are small bright brown marks, the most prominent at the apex. More Info

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1903.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
16/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
13/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
21/06/2013+26TL98 - Knettishall
07/06/2003+26TL88 - Thetford
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 14-16mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Buckthorn
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2022. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022
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