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Ethmia bipunctella
Bordered Ermel

(Fabricius, 1775)720 / 33.006

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Taken in a chalk-pit at Chelsworth, Suffolk, in the summer of 1861 by Captain Russell (Proc. Ent. Soc. Lond. 1862, p. 63).

Recent Status: The Morley record is likely to be for an immigrant example which is how they can still turn up, but the species is now well established along the Suffolk coast.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found during May and June, August and September. They come to light. The larvae feed on flowers and leaves of Boraginaceae, mainly Echium vulgare. They use a slight webbing. They pupate away from the larval habitation.

Identification: A distinctive black and white species that cannot be confused.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1861.
Last Recorded in 2017.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/08/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
11/08/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
08/08/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
01/08/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
24/07/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 19-28 mm
Flight: May - June (Aug - Sept)
Foodplant:   Viper's bugloss.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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