Morley’s Final Catalogue: An abundant species on palings and at light, from at least Bentley Woods to Burgh Castle and Gorleston.
Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.
Life Style: The moth is single brooded or may have a partial second brood. It can be found from May to September and comes to light. The larvae feed on a very wide range of mostly tree and shrub leaves. The larvae hibernate in a silken hibernaculum on a stem or twig. They feed from leaf spinnings and inside buds.
Identification: There is a basal patch, a roughly triangular pre-ocellar mark and termen, all marked dark. The ocellus is black dashed and suffused grey or brown and grey. The moth is similar to S. laricana. S. laricana has a more irregular edge to the basal patch, more extensive grey suffusion in the costal half and ocellus, the black dashes in the ocellus are more extensive and has a prominent costal suffusion at one half. When dark forms of S. ocellana occur the paler areas of the wing are all darkened where-as S. laricana retains the pale dorsal central area. Identification by genitalia dissection is possible, but not easy, for the males but not possible for the females.
Recorded in 41 (71%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1977. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats