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Scrobipalpa suaedella
Southern Blite Moth (Richardson, 1893)
Gelechiidae: Gelechiinae
810 / 35.112
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  NMS Brancaster. 18/7/15 Gen Det (fem) Jim Hodgkinson

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Scrobipalpa samadensis
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Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Wingspan: 13-15mm
Flight: June-July
Foodplant:   Shrubby Sea-blite
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Status
Local.
One of the most common coastal Gelechid being found virtually anywhere where Shrubby Sea-blite grows, sometimes in huge numbers. Can be disturbed easily in daytime.

Most saltmarsh inhabiting Scrobipalpa species S. salinella, S. obsoletella, S. instabilella, S. samadensis, S. suaedella are extremely similar and cannot be identified without genitalia dissection.

Determination by Genitalia Examination Required

Recorded in 8 (11%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
06/07/2023128TF64Holme
30/07/2022128TF74Holme NNR
19/07/2022128TF63Snettisham
14/07/2022128TF74Titchwell NNR
08/06/2022128TF74Titchwell NNR
05/07/2021228TF74Holme NNR
02/07/2021128TF74Thornham
31/08/2020128TF84Burnham Overy / Gun Hill
20/07/20201028TF63Snettisham Beach
02/07/2020328TF74Brancaster Staithe
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