The Moths of Suffolk
173 Festoon, Apoda limacodes, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Very localised but can be common where it occurs

Habitats : Mature deciduous woodland, also scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to July

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus) and also Beech

Comments : Restricted to the ancient woodlands around Ipswich, in the north of the county it is found at Knettishall Heath. A record in 2002 from Elveden is the first recent record from the Brecks.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare and local in oak woods: we have none of beech. It has been taken within this twelve month near Ipswich (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1829, 86). Recorded from five divergent localities : Belstead (L), Bentley (Ml), Playford (Gr); Beccles (Crf); and near Euston, in the west, before 1890. Later it appears almost restricted to the Bentley Woods, where it has occasionally been beaten from bushes (Mly, Gibbs, &c); here numbers of the larvae, found on oak during September and on 6 October 1897, began to emerge on 28 May 1898 (Hkg). Two in Brightwell Woods, 1924 (Wlr).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 10-12mm, female 11-13mm, Wingspan 28-32mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found underneath oak tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © N Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener