Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not rare among holly, but far scarcer than in southern England. Ipswich in 1898 (Pyett) and 1928-35 (Whit); Aldeburgh (Ctw); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Lowestoft, Flixton.
Recent Status: A fairly common species across Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded species that can be found from June to October. The larvae feed from spun leaves and sometimes on flowers of a variety of tree leaves. They are particularly partial to Ilex and Prunus spinosa. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation or on the ground.
Identification: This is an exceedingly variable species. In theory they can always be identified by the fact that the wing apex has a short hook. This however is not easy to see even on a moth in good condition. The edge of the basal band and the striations that follow are especially oblique on the costa. There is a prominent dark edge on the costa at one half. The male does not have a costal fold. More Info
Recorded in 31 (53%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1898. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats