Main: (Pyralidae / Phycitinae)
62.043 [B&F: 1464] Gymnancyla canella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Nationally scarce (Na) on sandy beaches by the sea from Sussex to Dorset. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight the foodplant is local and uncommon and the moth has occurred only sporadically along the Solent coast of both counties, in the Christchurch area, Pennington, Freshwater, St Helens and Hayling. Wingspan 22-25 mm. This species bears some resemblance to a Homoeosoma or Phycitodes, but may be distinguished at once by the long, porrected labial palpi which in the other genera are shorter and ascending [Goater]. Larva feeds within stems of Prickly Saltwort, over-wintering as a pupa.

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Freshwater (SZ38)1955-Knill-Jones, SAAdult
St Helens (SZ68)26-Jul-1994oneCramp, PJ; Knill-Jones, SA; Warne, BAdult
St Helens (SZ68)24-Jul-1995threeColenutt, S; Cramp, JCAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Hengistbury Head (SZ19)11-Jun-1997oneJeffes, MAdult
Sandy Point (SZ79)20-Jul-2006oneJohnson, AAdult
Pennington (SZ39)14-Aug-2013oneCoomber, RAdult

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