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Platytes alpinella (Hübner, [1813])

Hook-tipped Grass-veneer
63.1120 (B&F: 1325)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Pyraloidea
    »Family: Crambidae
      »Subfamily: Crambinae
        »Tribe: Endotrichini

Nationally Scarce B

A resident and suspected immigrant and proposed Red Data Book Class 3 moth. It generally occurs singly or sparingly at mv light along the coast, favouring sand-dunes and vegetated shingle beaches. It sometimes penetrates inland. Colonies are now restricted to the west of Worthing and to the east of St Leonards. It is single-brooded, flying mainly from late June to early September, occasionally from late May or to the third week of September. The larval foodplant is said to be mosses but this is unconfirmed in Sussex. (Pratt, 2011).

Platytes alpinella (Hübner, 1813)
Bexhill-on-Sea, 30 viii 2018
Photo: Derek Crawley
Platytes alpinella (Hübner, 1813)
Etchingham, 18 vii 2014
Photo: Caroline Moore
Platytes alpinella (Hübner, 1813)
Bracklesham, 08 vii 2010
Photo: Derek Lee

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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