The Moths of Suffolk
695 Agonopterix alstromeriana, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety of habitats, roadsides, waste ground, marshes and riversides

Flight Period : Single-brooded, August to May, hibernating through the winter

Larval foodplants : Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Morley's Final Catalogue : On hemlock, so wanting on the boulder-clay. Not infrequent in the east : Bentley Woods, scarce round Ipswich (Pyett); at light there in November and April, Foxhall (Mly); Sotterly in April 1936 (Gd), Leiston, Southwold, Lowestoft, Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-20mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (9.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Larval spinning on Hemlock (Conium) - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Dorsal view - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.vi.2009) © A Prichard
In spinning on Hemlock (Conium) - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Close-up of larval head - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close-up of anal plate - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Larval spinning on Hemlock - Lakenheath, Suffolk (23.vi.2012) © A Prichard