35.027 Acompsia schmidtiellus (Heyden, 1848)

Status and Distribution

Very local, in southern England, south Wales and Norfolk with single, old records from Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

National Status: 

Nationally Scarce B

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

861
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: N Partridge
Location: -

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Larva

    Acompsia schmidtiellus larva: 23.v.2009, Origanum vulgare, Branscombe Mouth, Devon (Photo: R J Heckford) Acompsia schmidtiellus larva 2015 (Photo: S M Palmer) Acompsia schmidtiellus larva Hants 2015 (Photo: S M Palmer)

    Set Specimens

    Acompsia schmidtiellus coll. 14.v.1990, em. 16.vi.1990, Origanum vulgare, Branscombe, Devon (Photo: R J Heckford)

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Acompsia schmidtiellus spinning Portsdown Hill 2015 (Photo: S M Palmer)

    Origanum vulgare (marjoram), see plant distribution map.

    In Europe also reported on Calamintha (calamint), Mentha arvensis (corn mint) and Mentha suaveolens (round-leaved mint).

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Acompsia schmidtiellus habitat Portsdown Hill 2015 (Photo: S M Palmer)  Acompsia schmidtiellus habitat Portsdown Hill 2015 (Photo: S M Palmer)

    Chalk downland, grassland on limestone, railway embankments and roadside verges.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: in a folded or rolled leaf which can sometimes turn scarlet in colour.

    Adult: can be disturbed and swept from amongst the foodplant and comes to light.

    Similar Species

    A large, broad-winged gelechiid with prominent palps which, due to its bright yellow-ochreous colouration, should not be confused with any other species.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single brooded from late June to mid-August.

    Earliest: 13th June 1998 (VC9)

    Latest: 26th August 1951 (VC20)