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Maple Prominent
Ptilodon cucullina ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Notodontidae: Notodontinae
2009 / 71.022
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. August 2017

Similar Suffolk Species
Coxcomb Prominent
Ptilodon capucina
Forewing: 15-20mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Field Maple, Sycamore
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: This rare central European Prominent ranges northward from southern England to only Leicester and Norfolk. With us it occurs but singly, at long intervals. One bred at Playford in March 1857 (Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 11). Six or seven taken during the last few years by W. Baker, and two larvae beaten in 1857, within a few miles of Stowmarket (C, Nat. viii, 109 and 183). Aldeburgh (Wrt, Ent. ii, 1870, 340). Needham (L). One beautiful example taken by myself on nettles close beside the river Deben's creek at Martlesham in 1900 (C.G. Doughty).

Recent Status: Locally common.

Identification: Confusion sometimes arises with Coxcomb Prominent.

Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats.

Recorded in 46 (79%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/2020125TM28 - Mendham
10/08/2020126TL77 - Mildenhall
24/07/2020125TM14 - Ipswich
24/07/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
18/07/2020125TG50 - Gorleston
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