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Chionodes distinctella
Eastern Groundling

(Zeller, 1839)791 / 35.095

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite a frequent species. On the coast at Felixstow, Aldeburgh, Southwold and Lowestoft; on the Breck at Brandon (Barrett) and Tuddenham (Farren) Fen in August 1905 (Mly).

Recent Status: A species of sandy locations in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species found during June to August. They fly by day and night and come to light. The larvae feed in the spring following oviposition in moss on the leaves of Lotus corniculatus, Rumex acetosella and Hypochaeris radicata. They pupate in a silken cocoon amongst the moss.

Identification: This species is similar to C. fumatella. They are a glossy dark brown variously speckled paler with an indistinct pale sub-terminal fascia and chequered wing tip. They have three small black dashes edged in front and behind with white. There is a tendancy for C. distinctella to be a more uniform colour and C. fumatella to be more densely peppered and mottled paler but the difference is not sufficient always to allow their separation on sight. Genitalia examination is required for Suffolk records. More Info The difference in the uncus of the males can be observed on dead specimens without dissection.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1905.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
29/07/20203225TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
23/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/06/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
25/06/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 14-15mm
Flight: June - Aug.
Foodplant:   Bird's-foot-trefoil, Common Sorrel
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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