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Approx Length (c. 7mm) Wingspan (11 - 14 mm.)
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Phalonidia affinitana
Large Saltmarsh Conch

(Douglas, 1846)932 / 49.103

Morley’s Final Catalogue: By no means so frequent as the last kind; confined to small patches of plantago in coast salterns at Hemley, Hollesley Orford in 1932-5 (Whit.), Aldeburgh and Southwold in 1891-7 (Ctw Barrett); Lowestoft salt-marshes (Bd).

Recent Status: A common species on Suffolk salt-marshes currently.

Life Style: A single or sometimes double brooded species that comes to light from May to August. The larvae feed on Aster tripolium. They start on the flowers, or buds and bore down into the root stock where autumn larvae may overwinter fully fed. They may pupate in this location or elsewhere on the salt-marsh.

Identification: The moth is an ochreous brown with an oblique brownish stria from the dorsum at one third that fades before reaching the costa. The stria lacks the dark central mark of Gynnidomorpha vectisana that can also be found on the salt-marshes. There may be a small tornal spot and slight strigulation over the wing.

Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1891.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Havergate Island - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/07/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
02/06/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
08/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
08/08/2020+25TM44 - Orford Ness
07/08/2020+25TM44 - Orford Ness
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Wingspan: 11 - 14 mm.
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Aster tripolium
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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