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909 Sorhagenia lophyrella

(Douglas, 1846)

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Using datasets:
Surrey Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves - Tranche 1 Species Records: Surrey Biodiversity Information Centre
Wicken Fen nature reserve species data held by The National Trust: National Trust
BRERC April 2013: Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
Invertebrate Site Register - England (1738-2005).: Natural England
Suffolk Biological Records Centre (SBRC) dataset: Suffolk Biological Records Centre
Bedfordshire Micro Moths (BNHS) - 1820-2013: Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre

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34.013 BF909
Sorhagenia lophyrella

(Douglas, 1846)

Wingspan c.10 mm.

The three British species of Sorhagenia cannot be distinguished on external characters alone, and genitalia dissection is required to be certain of identification. The adults have noticeable scale-tufts on the forewing.

In common with the other two species, lophyrella feeds on buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus), at first in the bud, then later between spun leaves.

It is distributed in south-eastern England, with odd populations further north.

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