The Moths of Suffolk
658 Carcina quercana, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub, hedgerows and suburban gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to August

Larval foodplants : Polyphagous on many deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs. Oak (Quercus), Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and bramble (Rubus, especially Rubus fructicosus), less often on Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), rose (Rosa), apple (Malus), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), viburnums (Viburnum), hypericums (Hypericum) and Strawberry-tree (Arbutus unedo)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent on oak in woods and apple in orchards throughout the County in July and August. Bentley Woods, somewhat common round Ipswich, at light and sitting on oak-trunks in garden at Monks Soham. Hacheston, Blaxhall, Southwold, Gorleston. Barton Mills.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-19mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye, Suffolk (15.viii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Windowing of leaves by larva - Norfolk (2006) © R Edmunds
Larval spinning on underside of leaf - Norfolk (2006) © R Edmunds
Windowing on bramble leave, caused by larva - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (25.ii.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Larval spinning on underside of bramble leaf - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (25.ii.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Cocoon on underside of oak leaf - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ix.2014) © Paul Kitchener