Morley’s Final Catalogue: An interesting insect that occurs somewhat freely in many of our larger woods in late May: Foxhall in 1896, Bentley Woods in 1931, Parham Wood, Fritton and Bradwell Doles (Mly); Gorleston palings (D). Brandon (Barrett); Newmarket (Wrn).
Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk, reduced abundance from Morley’s time..
Life Style: A single brooded day flying species that can be found in morning sunshine during May and June. The larvae feed inside a twig of Crataegus. They pupate before winter and having made an oval escape hole just above a fork.
Identification: A very distinctive moth in charcoal grey with two pairs of scale tufts and a bright yellow orange head and neck. More Info
Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1896. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats