The Moths of Suffolk
14 Ghost Moth, Hepialus humuli, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Grassy areas, meadows, fens, woodland rides, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early August

Larval foodplants : Roots of grasses (Gramineae) and herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite common throughout the entire County: Bentley Woods, One house, Monks Soham, &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 21-29mm, female 21-35mm, Wingspan 42-48mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (26.vi.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
First site record. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female - Woolpit, Suffolk (16.vi.2015) © Paul Bryant