The Moths of Suffolk
1088 Pseudosciaphila branderiana, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Open woodland, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-July or August

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of Aspen (Populus tremula)

Records : Wolves Wood (A Prichard,, Redgrave Fen (SMG, 6.vii.2001), Raydon (SMG,, Cutlers Wood (SMG, 5.vii.2002), Offton (SMG, 10.vii.2002), Fakenham (SMG,

Morley's Final Catalogue : The first Suffolk example was beaten from aspen bushes in Bentley Woods on 6 July 1897: none seen since that time (Mly). Frequently bred from aspens there, 1929-35 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 21-27mm


Confusion species : None

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Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Norfolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Banded form - Wolves wood, Suffolk (28.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Plain form - Wolves wood, Suffolk (28.v.2011) © Neil Sherman