49.185 Lobesia littoralis Copyright Martin Evans
 Distribution map Copyright Martin Evans
 Life stages table Copyright Martin Evans  49.185 Lobesia littoralis Copyright Martin Evans


49.185 Shore Marble Lobesia littoralis (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)


Similar species:

Forewing: 5 to 7.5mm

Habitats: Sea-cliffs, rocky coasts, salt-marsh, vegetated shingle and gardens.

Habits: The moth flies around the foodplant in the afternoon sunshine. It comes to light.

Foodplant: The larva feeds on Thrift and Common Bird's-foot Trefoil. The first generation larva feeds from a silk tube on the young shoots and in the flower-heads on the unripe seeds. The second generation feeds on the seeds in the dead flower-heads. It pupates in a dense white cocoon in the flower-head or amongst the leaves.