The Moths of Suffolk
163 Forester, Adscita statices, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Very local

Habitats : Open grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; last week in June to third week in July

Larval foodplants : Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Comments : Locations where this species has been recorded recently include Barnhamcross Common, West Stow, Elveden, Mildenhall, Brandon and Maidscross Hill

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common 'just beyond Yarmouth in 1834 (Paget), but annually being driven to smaller areas by agriculture. 'Swarming on our west border at lsleham in 1841 (Entom. xxv, p. 196). In 1890 it was recorded from Kesgrave, Needham, Leiston, Worlingham; Tuddenham, Barton Mills' and Mildenhall. No later observations come from the west, and it seems restricted now to the north-east corner of our County: Oulton Broad on flowers in 1898 (Bedwell); Barnby Broad; and several in Bradwell marsh during June 1933.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 12-15mm, female 11-13mm, Wingspan male 24-30mm, female 19-24mm


Confusion species
    AdultCistus Forester, Adscita geryon
Scarce Forester, Jordanita globulariae

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Barnhamcross Common (5.vii.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Feeding on Tufted Vetch - Brandon, Suffolk (1.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Barnhamcross common, Suffolk (22.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Barnhamcross common, Suffolk (22.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
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Samokofv, Bulgaria (14.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman