Lobesia littoralis
Lobesia littoralis
Adult • © John Martin

49.185 BF1109

Lobesia littoralis

(Westwood & Humphreys, 1845)

Wingspan 11-16 mm.

Generally a coastal species, this moth can also be found inland in gardens, due to its foodplant preference for thrift (Armeria maritima). It is widely distributed in Britain.

The species has two generations, with moths emerging in June and July, and again in September. The adults can be seen in late afternoon around the foodplant, and later are attracted to light.

The larvae feed on the flowerheads and seeds of the foodplant thrift, as well as bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).
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