Gelechiidae : Anomologinae
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Oxypteryx wilkella
Painted Neb

(Linnaeus, 1758)733 / 35.079

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Local on Cerastium along sandy coasts; also on our Breck. Orford in July 1902 (Gibbs); Aldeburgh in 1892 and Thorp (Ctw); Lowestoft (Bd). Very local at Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Status: Is common in the Sandlings and Breckland.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded flying from June till early September and comes to light. The larvae feed from a silken tubular retreat on the mosses Dicranum scoparium, Hypnum lacunosum and Syntrichia ruralis ssp. ruraliformis. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation.

Identification: This small gelechiid is easily recognised by the dark shiny wings with broad silver marks and pale palps. The number and extent of the silver marks varies. More Info

Recorded in 21 (36%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
31/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
29/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 8-10 mm
Flight: Two Generations. June and Aug.
Foodplant:   Moss. (Common Mouse-ear now thought an unlikely foodplant)
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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