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Scythris cicadella
Sand Owlet
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Scythris potentillella
Sorrel Owlet

(Zeller, 1847)920 / 43.006
Norfolk status

Very similar to dark examples of S. cicadella, from which separated only by dissection of the genitalia.

New for Norfolk in May 2014 when a larva collected by S. Beavan at East Wretham Heath (Langmere) was confirmed by Professor T. Baran in Poland.
(In 2005 Baran published The Scythrididae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea) of Poland)

The larvae were also found by Bob Heckford and Stella Beavan at several sites in 2015, three in Suffolk and two in Norfolk. (Winterton and Langmere) with adults reared 1-8 June 2015.

Adults also recorded in July 2015 at Winterton (S. Wright, 02/07/15)
Three specimens collected from Winterton north dunes. At least 8 individuals were seen feeding on the flowers of hawkweed and sheep's-bit, so there's obviously a good colony present. S. Wright

Scythris potentillella (Zeller, 1847) (Lepidoptera: Scythrididae): discovery of the larva in the British Isles and other observations on the species.
[Entomologist’s Gazette 67: 119–133, 2016]

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 6 (9%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2014.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Female. Gen. Det. D. Hipperson - Winterton 02-07-2015 Leg. S. Wright. Conf. J.R. Langmaid, J. Clifton.
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18/08/2020228TL88 - Thetford
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Wingspan: 8-11mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Common Sorrel, Sheep's Sorrel
Nat Status: pRDB1
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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