Morley's Final Catalogue: This north-west European Lackey is restricted in Britain to maritime salterns in Yorks, Sheppey and our own coast, where it was 'bred from larvae taken on or near the salt-marshes north of Aldeburgh, but neither this species nor Setina irrorella have been met with the last few years'. Rediscovered to be locally abundant at Aldeburgh, Bawdsey and Shingle Street in Hollesley, whence many were bred in 1905, and still occurs till at least 1928.
Recent Suffolk Status: Still found along the Suffolk coast in the vicinity of salt-marshes where it can be locally abundant.
Life history: Single brooded in the summer. Larval nests with the colourful caterpillars occasionally found in the spring out on the saltmarshes.
Identification: Similar to the Lackey but pale cross-lines are kinked inwards rather than running almost parallel. Photos of moths occurring inland well away from known sites will be required to confirm records.
Habitats: Saltmarshes, coastal grassland.
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1905. Last Recorded in 2023. Additional Stats