The Moths of Suffolk
449 Prays fraxinella, Ash Bud Moth, (Bjerkander, 1784)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Predominantly woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to September

Larval foodplants : Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much scarcer than in western or southern EngIand; among ash. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Leiston, &c. The Var. rustica, Haw., was found in Ipswich during August 1895 (Pyett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
8 100 66 58 41

Life history chart
ssp. Ash Bud Moth larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larva larvapupa pupaimago ovaimago larva larva larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Dark form - Eye, Suffolk (10.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
"Dark form" - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
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"Prays ruficeps" - Ipswich, Suffolk (13.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener