Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite rare with us; feeding on Anthriscus. Taken at Fritton before 1890 (Bd); later at Copdock (Hkg), Monks Soham light in 1934 (Trans, ii, p. clxxxv), and Bungay (Crf). To south of Thetford in 1934 (Whit.).
Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.
Life Style: Single brooded and hibernates. The moth flies by day and night and comes to light. The larvae feed from a spun rolled leaf on Anthriscus, Chaerophyllum, Daucus or Torillis. Pupates in a cocoon on the ground.
Identification: This is one of our smallest Agonopterix species at 11 to 15 mm wing span. It has a very variable colouring. There is a strong basal dash with the wing base and costa base often white. The termen is spotted. The Agonopterix twin spots may be joined and white beyond. There can also be a spot beyond. The costal half, except for the spotted costal strip, is usually darker than the dorsal half. Colours vary through purple grey to reddish brown.
Recorded in 11 (19%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1934. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats