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Phalera bucephala (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Phalerinae
1994 / 71.025
Photo © Mike Cowling,  13/05/2020 - Ship Walk House, Blaxhall

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very common in Suffolk, teste W.C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, Illus. ii, 1829, p.197). Frequent here, as throughout southern England to Ross. Most usually feeding on lime; but imagines were taken amidst Raydon Wood in 1934, where there is no lime (D). Rarely flies to light in Ipswich, Monks Soham, Aldeburgh, Blythburgh and Beccles. Lothingland (Wiltshire). Little noticed in west Suffolk: Woolpit in 1906 (Rasor), &c.

Recent Status: Widespread and common.

Identification: Unmistakable.

Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats.

Recorded in 54 (93%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1906.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020126TL77 - Mildenhall
18/09/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
15/09/2020126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
24/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/08/2020125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
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