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Great Prominent
Peridea anceps (Goeze, 1781)
Notodontidae: Notodontinae
2005 / 71.016
Photo © Mike Prentice,  Easton Garden 15.04.20

Similar Suffolk Species
Lobster Moth
Stauropus fagi
Large Dark Prominent
Notodonta torva
Forewing: 23-32mm.
Flight: One generation April-June.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Eggs and pupae 'tolerably plentiful' at Playford (Gr, Nat. viii, 131; Ent. Wk. Int. ii, 1857, 11); Woolverstone (lib. cit. iii, 1857, 22); larvae and pupae found sparingly round Stowmarket (B & C 1858). Nayland; Copdock at light, and eggs in Bentley Woods (Hkg); on oak-trunks there in mid-May 1925 (Mly). Bramford and Helmingham in 1900 (Sparke); Needham (L); Henham, Sotterley; Flixton and Worlingham.

Recent Status: Locally common although scarce in high Suffolk.

Identification: Easily identified on size. Could possibly be confused with Lobster Moth.

Habitat: Mainly Oak woodland.

Recorded in 34 (59%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1858.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/06/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
12/06/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
11/06/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
03/06/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
02/06/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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