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Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Beet Moth (Boyd, 1858)
Gelechiidae: Gelechiinae
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Photo © Mick ACourt,  25/08/2019 - Crostwight Common

Similar Norfolk Species
Saltern Groundling
Scrobipalpa instabilella
Common Sea Groundling
Scrobipalpa nitentella
Wingspan: 13mm
Flight: May - July, Aug - Oct
Foodplant:   Sea Beet
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status

New for Norfolk in 2019 when a female moth was caught at Crostwight Common. (M. A'Court, 25/08/2019 - Gen. Det. Female)
First records for VC28 in 2020 at Mundford (G. Geen, 20/08/2020) and at Weeting (J. Symonds)

A rather local species, occurring on shingle coasts and salt-marshes along the southern coast of England and Wales.

The larvae feed on Sea Beet (Beta maritima). In Europe it has been reported as a pest species on cultivated forms of Beet and other plants.

More info - Gelechiid Recording Scheme

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 3 (4%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2019.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2020128TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
08/09/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
07/09/2020128TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
02/09/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
20/08/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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