ABH 49.185

Shore Marble Lobesia littoralis

BF 1109

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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.

Extremely variable, the largest of the British Lobesia species,s, it is distinguished by its comparatively narrow forewing with a normally well-defined median fascia and with the subbasal fascia forming a strong subquadrate blotch on the dorsum [Bradley].


Life Cycle

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



Common in coastal areas were there is Thrift. Local on sea cliffs, saltmarshes, shingle beaches and gardens throughout much of the British Isles, predominantly coastal.





By Donald Hobern (originally posted to Flickr as Lobesia littoralis) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons