The Moths of Suffolk
663 Diurnea fagella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Decidous woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, March to May

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), birch (Betulus), willows (Salix), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Aspen (Populus tremula), Hazel (Corylus avellana) and possibly other deciduous trees and shrubs

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundantly sitting on trunks of oaks and occasionally other trees from late March to 10 May at Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Nacton, Henley, Hemingston, Braiseworth, Stuston, Beccles; and Brandon (Wm). On sallow blossom at Fritton on 3 April 1936. Females quite rare.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 26-30mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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At rest on oak tree-trunk - West Stow, Suffolk (2.iv.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Melanic form at rest on oak tree-trunk - Purdis Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk (8.iv.2006) © A Prichard
At rest on oak tree-trunk - Purdis Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk (8.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Melanic form at rest on oak tree-trunk - Purdis Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iv.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © Neil Sherman
Melanic specimen. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Melanic specimen. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © Neil Sherman
male and female in cop. - Wolves Wood, Suffolk (17.iii.2007) © A Prichard
Initial signs of larval feeding on oak (Quercus) - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Female - found at rest by day on gate near Oak tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.iv.2012) © Neil Sherman
Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.iii.2014) © Neil Sherman