The Moths of Suffolk
672 Depressaria heraclei, Parsnip Moth, Retzius, 1783

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Grassy areas, wood and field margins, especially in coastal areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, August to May, hibernating through the winter

Morley's Final Catalogue : Verv common about Yarmouth in 1834 (Paget) and fairly frequent still throughout the County. Flew to sugar in Bentley Woods on 28 September 1892; Butley in 1934; at Monks Soham light, before and after hibernation ; Gorleston (D). Thetford.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 24-29mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk (5.viii.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory
Hartland Point, Devon (29.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener