The Moths of Suffolk
946 Aethes rubigana, (Treitschke, 1830)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, open woodland and other areas where the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : In the seed-head of Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Occasionally at light in Monks Soham during July 1917-35 (Mly); not uncommon among burdock at Brandon (Barrett); Bentley Woods in 1901 (Pyett), Orford in 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80), bred at Hollesley in 1933 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-19mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAethes cnicana
Aethes smeathmanniana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Bawdsey, Suffolk (vii.2009) © Matthew Deans